Evan realizes that Connor's parents are going to want evidence, and then he begins writing fake emails with his friend Jared, making it seem as if Connor and Evan were best friends. He shows these emails to Connor's parents, who are thrilled to find that Connor had a friend.
Don't start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.
Dear Connor, Today is going to be a great day and here's why. From, Evan
Today is going to be a great day☺️
Though Cynthia and Larry Murphy were very pleased with the emails, Zoe did not feel the same way. Cynthia and Zoe began to argue. In an attempt to resolve the argument, Evan comes up with a story, that he and Connor had gone to a local apple orchard together, and that he had broken his arm while on one of their trips.
Evan and a classmate, Alana Beck, realize that the other students at their school have started to forget about Connor. So, they start The Connor Project and host a memorial service for Connor. Cynthia Murphy, Connor's mother, gives Evan a tie that she had previously bought for Connor. Evan wears this to the assembly.
Evan then creates a video on the Connor Project's website. This video features an emotional speech from Evan. He discusses loneliness and anxiety. He discusses his friendship with Connor Murphy. This video goes viral and Zoe, who doubted Evan and Connor's friendship from the start, begins to believe him and is very grateful for what Evan did.
The Connor Project 1.2M Views
Evan and Alana begin a fundraiser to raise $50,000 in three weeks to benefit the creation of an apple orchard in Connor's memory. Meanwhile, Heidi finds Evan's speech on Facebook. They get into an argument and Evan runs to the Murphys' house, where Larry, who Evan has begun to bond with, offers him a baseball glove that once belonged to Connor.
After briefly mentioning to Zoe that his mother was struggling with paying for college, Evan and his mother, Heidi, are invited over to dinner at the Murphys' house. There, Cynthia informs them that she wishes to give Evan the college fund that belonged to Connor. Heidi is extremely angry about this and argues with Cynthia before leaving.