Clay Soper 1995 - 2015
Clay Soper was born and raised in
Winchester, MA. At the time of his
death, Clay was a rising sophomore
at the University of Denver in
Colorado and was a proud member
of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He
loved people, tall mountains,
deep snow and first tracks.
In the early morning hours of
July 18th, 2015 our world changed.
We were awakened by a call from our son's friend telling us that Clay was being taken to the hospital. That night Clay accidentally died from mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. We never thought he would die that night. We never thought this could happen to our son or our family.
When something like this happens you realize you have two options;
- To get small and hide behind the circumstances of your child's death;
- To share your story in the hope that maybe we could make a difference in Clay's memory.
Clay was a special person. He touched more lives in his 19 years than most people do in an entire lifetime. He should't have died - not this way. Nothing was out of the ordinary that night. That night he and his friends did what is unfortunately, not uncommon in party culture today. Neither Clay, or his friends, had substance abuse issues or addiction problems - they were typical college students doing what is common in their current party culture. They had no idea that combining prescription drugs with alcohol could kill them or their friend.
The Clay Soper Memorial Fund is our way to honor Clay's life
and hopefully, make a difference and save lives.
Clay Soper (with his dog, Kota)
What a great event! We were lucky to follow the Harvard Carnival which brought some great points and great times! Couldn't be happier with the outcome and support we received! For complete weekend highlights click below.
We were granted $100k!
We are super excited that Cummings Foundation has included CSMF in their $100k for100 program. This will enable us to help reach thousands of students in Massachusetts with our Documentary Program. Click HERE for more information about Cummings Foundation.
Maybe things would be different …
If They Had Known.