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Live Like Coco Foundation

Organization Mission

We help kids in Santa Cruz County to grow up healthy and with opportunities to pursue their dreams. Our foundation is inspired by Coco Lazenby, who was killed in a car accident in 2015 at age 12. We work to provide local children with opportunities that made a difference in her life.

In 2020, we gave more than 10,000 books to schools and programs serving low-income families. We funded scholarships, hosted beach cleanups, placed small free libraries in parks, and donated to other nonprofits (the Homeless Garden Project, Teen Kitchen Project, and more).

The Big Idea 2022:
Children's Memorial Reading Garden

Love is why we tell the story:

Families who have lost a child often fear their child will be forgotten — or remembered only as a tragedy. The Live Like Coco Foundation wants to honor these children’s stories by sponsoring a special project at the Aptos branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library, one of several branches currently being rebuilt.

The Aptos branch had 151,841 annual visitors and 101,977 annual visitors in the most recent two years, and will now become a beautiful destination in our community. Live Like Coco has agreed to sponsor the Children’s Reading Garden as a special memorial to Coco as well as other children our community lost too soon. We hope this this garden will be a healing space, as well as a vibrant place for all kids and families to enjoy when they visit.

Our school loves being part of Live Like Coco's Birthday Books program, which lets all students choose a free new book on their birthday. The foundation also helps promote literacy at Mar Vista by providing prizes for our Pages and PJs event and by installing a Little Free Library at our school.

Megan Jacobsmeyer, Library Media Technician, Mar Vista Elementary, Aptos

We Did It!

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And please come back in November, 2022!