My name is Tre Esa Battles, the creator of The Family Connect Project.

The year 2018 was a magical year for me I was pregnant with my first child, a little girl. My husband and I were more than grateful to be starting our family with our new addition.

The year 2019 brought devastation when we found out our baby girl had a rare form of brain cancer and passed away shortly after she was diagnosed. As we were making our way through the tears and pain of such a great loss, the year 2020 met us with a pandemic as it did the rest of the world. During this time of uncertainty and despair I created a family idea with the baby I had lost and the babies to come in mind.

As we were still working towards growing our family the quarantine provided some time to connect and reconnect with family. I wanted to ensure that my nieces, nephews, younger cousins and future children would know the stories of their elders and family that otherwise would be lost. I thought about the sense of pride it would build and the awareness of the importance of family and their heritage. The project was one of the most rewarding journeys I have ever been on. Surprisingly I learned a lot about myself while learning about my relatives.

In addition, the process invited me to heal from my loss and start to move forward and starting my family once again.

Why this product?

A note from the Creator

Time is of the essence – get it done now because later is not promised to you.

While conducting our own project, there was one uncle we could not reach by phone; we called for several weeks only to find out after a wellness check was done that he had died alone in his apartment, and had been deceased for more than 2 weeks.  This further motivated me to make sure we capture the stories of my family and to highlight the value of their voice while they are alive.