Love. Move. Rize.
The Great Root Movement is a community of hope that provides a safe space for women to be actively seen, heard, and loved through their journeys to recovery and healing in mental health, child loss, grief, and domestic abuse.
Our mission is to provide support groups, restorative activities, health resources, and scholarships to therapeutic programs that help women realize their potential and purpose. We empower bereaved mothers and domestic abuse survivors to find their purpose by equipping them with mental and physical resources to help them thrive.
Our RIZE Program offers:
In addition to helping women realize their potential, we are passionate about helping students further their education and have established scholarships in honor of Karen's children, Reagan and Grant.
Our REAGAN AND GRANT ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP offers:
Our roots grow deep. We all have a purpose.
When we love, move, & rize together, hope & healing are possible.
Want to join me in supporting a good cause? Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $1 or $1,000. Every little bit helps. All funds will be deposited in The Great Root Movement 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit foundation.
Scientific evidence indicates that bereaved parents are more likely to suffer more depressive symptoms, poorer well-being, less purpose in life, more health complications, marital disruption, psychiatric hospitalization, and even premature death for both mothers and fathers as early as age 40.
The death of a child is one of the greatest and most enduring stresses a person can experience. - Institute of Medicine
Grief is not just an experience of the head and heart. Rather, grief is a whole-body experience, impacting the individual physically, emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively. The list of ways in which grief may manifest itself is almost endless. - Austin Center for Grief & Loss
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
My name is Karen Sparks. On November 1, 2015, my children, Reagan (9) and Grant (8) were murdered by their father in a murder-suicide/filicide. It's been over 2,500 days and counting since I've seen my children, held them, heard their voices and laughter, or been called "Mom." After burying the two loves of my life, I battled and fought my way out of two graves each day to gasp for breath. Routine tasks were debilitating, and I reached a point in my grief journey where I thought my life was pointless and wanted it to end. There is no word in the English language for a mother without her children. After my suicide attempt, my family intervened and got me the help I needed. Through my faith, long-term therapy, running, mental health awareness, and a caring community, I have been reborn and found my identity and purpose. My journey will always be a struggle, but I know I am rooted in love, and there is hope in the darkness.
The Great Root Movement is named after my children, Grant & Reagan ("G" for Grant and "Rea" for Reagan, the "t" is the cross that makes them great). They loved big, moved fiercely, and would always rize to meet life's challenges. My most important title will aIways be "Reagan and Grant's Mom," and I'm here to share our story and help others like us.
October 1, 2022
WFAA (Channel 8/ABC) story on first annual Love Never Ends Trail Run held at Erwin Park in McKinney, TX.
UIL Division One State Winning Documentary produced by three Van Alstyne ISD High School Students:
Claire Gallagher, Mollie Gallagher, and Weston Holbert
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We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non profit foundation under the name The Great Root Movement.