When the Peter C. Alderman Foundation was founded in the memory of its namesake ten years ago, mother Liz Alderman did not expect it to be where it is today.
"Absolutely not," she said.
Founded in 2003 in memory of 9/11 victim Peter Alderman, it has since opened several mental health clinics in countries such as Uganda and Cambodia. It also has annual educational conferences in different African countries each year, Liz Alderman said, which draw about 500 to 600 people.
The foundation's role, its website notes, "is to heal the emotional wounds of survivors of terrorism and mass violence by training indigenous health workers and establishing trauma treatment systems in post-conflict countries around the globe."
The group's result, while global, have local roots. Alderman grew up in Scarsdale and graduated from Scarsdale High School, his mother said. His online biography states that he later graduated from American University and worked for Bloomberg, LP when he died, at just 25, at the World Trade Center because he was to its Windows on the World restaurant for a conference.
Liz Alderman and his father, Dr. Stephen Alderman, now live in Pound Ridge. Each year they hold a walk in Mount Kisco, which goes down Lexington Avenue and to Lexington Square Cafe, where his friends gather and eat. The walk, as an event, is a fundraiser, she said. This year it will be on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. and start at the Mount Kisco train station.
To read more about the foundation's history and its achievements, click here for a copy of a statement that the Aldermans posted on its website.