Who is Suzy LaBonte?

038 (480x640)Suzy LaBonte lives with her family in the rural town of Lacey Spring, Virginia whch is located in the beautiful farmland of the Shenandoah Valley. For over twenty-six years, she has been married to her highschool sweetheart, Allen, who manages the engine repair shop for an aviation company at a local airport.

Suzy has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Cedarville University and is the very proud mother of ten children between the ages of three and twenty-four (five birth and five adopted from foster care). She is extrememly proud of her two sons in the military — one in the Navy and another in the Marines. Suzy stays busy juggling the weekly homeschool schedules and extra-curricular activites of two busy teenage daughters and five young ones still at home.

Suzy and Allen have been foster parents in the State of Virginia for over twelve years and have had more than thirty children spend time in their home. They are passionate about providing care to abused and neglected children within their community.

After their sixteen-year-old son, Zachary, died of suicide in 2009, Suzy wrote a book about her experience titled Zachary’s Choice: Surviving My Child’s Suicide. She also created a local monthly support group for survivors of suicide loss called Lanterns of Hope. Meeting with these individuals who are sharing a similar journey has been extremely healing. She also keeps in close contact with others beyond her community who have lost a loved one to suicide. These she counts among her dearest friends.

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On a personal note, Suzy likes looking for treasures at garage sales and thrift stores, tending to her perennial flower beds, and collecting eggs from her little flock of chickens. In her spare time, besides writing, she enjoys various crafts, vacationing at the beach, and keeping in touch with her friends.

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