Chris Ellsasser's Fundraiser:

2012 Miles & Memories Team

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Chris

Just getting over flu. Tough way to get to good running weight. Back on the road Sunday, short run for sure

via Crowdrise 2 years ago

BENEFITING: The Children's Room

ORGANIZER: The Children's Room

EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012

THE STORY:

Death and grieving are a natural part of living. But the tragic loss of a loved one is not something we naturally come to accept as part of the life cycle. Losing a spouse, a child, a sibling, or a close friend can be devastating and leave us wondering about the meaning of our own lives.

As a teacher, I believe in education and the healing power of learning. Thankfully, we are learning that grieving a tragic loss is an experience that must be recognized, and that such a profound loss calls for support. Grief support groups, under the guidance of staff and trained facilitators, help families make sense of their loss and engage in the process of healing. The Children’s Room, a center for grieving children, teens, and families, is a place where such learning takes place and where individuals and their families have the opportunity to find the support to live fully again.

Unfortunately, learning often happens as a reaction to a problem, or in the case of grieving, an unexpected tragedy. Knowing that places like The Children’s Room exist can ensure that those who find themselves grieving and without hope know they do not have to suffer alone.

On April 16th, I have the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon in an effort to spread the word about The Children’s Room and their work so fewer people are left facing tragedy and grieving alone. I am reaching out to my friends, family, former students, and teaching colleagues around the country to ask for support. By running each day wearing contact information about the Children’s Room, I hope to serve as an advertisement. I hope that when others see me running in the snow along the icy roads, they will see the information printed on my back and become a bit more aware of The Children’s Room.

In order to support the work of The Children’s Room, I am asking that you consider doing three things.

  • First, make a contribution in my name to The Children’s Room so they can continue to increase their impact.
  • Second, share the knowledge that centers for grief exist, and that nobody needs to suffer alone.
  • Third, on April 16th and any time someone references the Boston Marathon, mention The Children’s Room and the work they do.

To make a secure online donation, please click the donate button on the top right of this page. You may also send checks to The Children's Room, 1210 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476. Please write "Marathon/Chris" in the memo line so that your gift will count towards my goal.

Thanks in advance for your help with this effort to educate others about the support which exists for those who have experienced a tragic loss. 

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To This Fundraiser

$5,655

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Cayer Family

     

  • Chris Ellsasser

    $100

  • Maria I. Lawless

    $500

  • Madyson Page

    $25

  • Danny Harold

    $25

  • Gordon McNeill

    $50

  • Erin Grody

    $20

  • Edith Donaldson

    $50

  • Anne and Ward Ellsasser

    $300

  • Rob & Laura Moore

    $50

  • Hill Cheuk

    $50

  • Kacey Schneider

    $20

  • Dale Cunningham

    $50

  • Luigi Solla

    $10

  • Linda Sheehan

    $25

  • Cynthia Bostick

    $25

  • Jay Ellsasser

    $100

  • Fiona Fraser

    $50

  • Kira Neal

    $25

  • Keith Clark

    $50

  • Lindsay Jackson

    $50

  • Jonathan and Elizabeth Anderson

    $100

  • Rachel Culley

    $20

  • Kristin Sato

    $20

  • CrowdRise

    $25

  • Ed Benz - Benz Financial Services, Inc.

    $100

  • Jo

    $30

  • Alan and Janet Simpson

    $1,000

  • Jason and Angela Gregory

    $30

  • Ingela Williamson and Bruce Foresman

    $50

  • Andrew and Dawn Brescia

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Virginia Lucil

    $25

  • David Ferrell

    $50

  • Dan Grondin

    $75

  • Melissa and Gary Tearney

    $500

  • Stephen Colombo

    $100

  • Sally and Nate Cabot

    $50

  • Kenny & Diane Kakimoto

    $50

  • Victoria Arthur

    $50

  • Holly and Jerry Ryerson

    $50

  • Susan Hughes

    $25

  • Colin Igoe

    $50

  • The Gleason Family

    $25

  • Dan Scanlan and Ellen Rubin

    $150

  • Thomas and Lisa Reid

    $150

  • Paul and Marguerite Cayer

    $25

  • Wells Family

    $100

  • Poulin Family

    $25

  • Neil Fisher

    $1,000

  • Erin Lawler

    $25

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113% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $49,335 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Deana Hickey

Amount Raised:

$13,787

 

276% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Courtney Silva

Amount Raised:

$10,310

 

206% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Anne Scharpf

Amount Raised:

$10,078

 

202% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Jill Hurley

Amount Raised:

$6,615

 

88% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chris Ellsasser

Amount Raised:

$5,655

 

113% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

The Children's Room

Amount Raised:

$2,890

Fundraiser Title

Mark Chatalian

Amount Raised:

$0

Fundraiser Title

Philip Cargill

Amount Raised:

$0

Donor Comments

Holly and Jerry Ryerson

Holly and Jerry Ryerson

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Victoria Arthur

Victoria Arthur

DONATION: $50

Chris, You are an amazing person. Good luck on marathon day. Victoria 2 years ago

Kenny & Diane Kakimoto

Kenny & Diane Kakimoto

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Sally and Nate Cabot

Sally and Nate Cabot

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Stephen Colombo

Stephen Colombo

DONATION: $100

2 years ago