Deana Hickey's Fundraiser:

2012 Miles & Memories Team

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BENEFITING: The Children's Room

ORGANIZER: The Children's Room

EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012

THE STORY:

Eight months ago my life changed in a way I never thought possible or imaginable. My husband of 17 years, my best friend of 22 years and father to my three children, passed away suddenly. The shock, devastation, and despair emotionally, mentally and physically were feelings I didn’t think existed. It was as if someone ripped out my heart and shredded it into a million pieces, never to be put back again.

There is only one pain worse than that, and it is to tell your children that their Dad (or Mom) has passed away. To be unable to protect your children (Cam 13, Regan 9, and Coryn 6) from such pain is excruciating in itself. A nightmare come true. I couldn’t believe this was my life. I couldn’t eat, sleep, or think. I was a body just existing. Everyday tasks, from brushing my teeth, to showering, and just getting out of bed, were exhausting and unbearable. My children couldn’t understand how they could go from playing with their friends to in an instant losing their father. Forever altering their lives, our lives. I couldn’t see a future, didn’t want to.

Yet, here I am eight months later training for the Boston Marathon, and my children are all doing well in school, playing sports, laughing, smiling, and being kids. We still desperately miss and love Sean, we always will. He was, is and will always be a huge part of our lives.  My husband always amazed me by his general goodness, a deep sincere general goodness. He was unselfish, kind, thoughtful, loving, and always willing to help others.  He was known as the “go to guy.” He was whatever you needed him to be. He was our world, the only world I have known for half of my life.

Through the last few months, I have gradually starting picking up those shredded pieces. The metaphor (one that I use) is its like when you break a glass and you glue it together.  It’s whole, but there will always be leaks and cracks. But during this time we have seen such goodness. We have been blessed with unbelievable support, love, kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness from friends, family, teachers, and our community as a whole. My children have learned what true friendships are about, finding comfort in those who love us, who loved Sean.

I read a quote once, “If you see someone drowning, do you ask them if they need help or do you just jump in?” So, for all those who jumped and saved me from drowning, I would like to pay it forward. The best way for me to do that is to run the Boston Marathon for The Children’s Room.

Unfortunately, there are many other families dealing with a life-altering loss like ours. If I can raise awareness among other families who have lost a significant person in their lives, if I can offer more support to those who may not be blessed with the support that I have been given, and if I can help others know they are not alone, then I feel I am living my life as my husband lived his, and my children will see that strength comes from within oneself. They will see that sometimes we cannot control the situation we are in, but we can control how we handle it, to give just to give, and to love with an unconditional love, as their father did. They can learn not to concentrate on the past or worry about the future, but truly live in the moment, even if that moment is not the best. For we truly do not know how a day, an hour, or a minute may change our lives.

So, I will run the Boston Marathon, and every stride of those 26.2 miles I will be thinking of who will be at the other end of the finish line and what pain they have endured at such an early age, my three children. I will run remembering my husband and how amazing he was, and how proud I know he would be of me running. I will run so others may get the support we have been given. I will run to show my children, friends and family that no matter how hard things are, anything can be accomplished with love and support. My three children will see me cross the finish line and know that their father was with me the whole 26.2 miles. 

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To This Fundraiser

$13,787

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Crafts Family

    $100

  • Maggie Flaherty

    $100

  • Anthony and Christina Gilardi

    $100

  • Matarazzo Family

    $100

  • W.LoVuolo

    $50

  • Eliassen Group

    $200

  • Anita Allen

    $100

  • The Pettinelli Family

    $100

  • The Stott Family

     

  • Eric & Marie Nyland

    $100

  • The Stott Family

     

  • David A. Kinniburgh

    $100

  • Paul Romanelli

    $100

  • The Walsh Family

    $100

  • Paul Vince

    $100

  • The Capachie... Family

    $200

  • The Markley Family

    $100

  • Tina and Jimmy Egan

    $100

  • Holly

    $100

  • Mc Sorley family

    $100

  • Kerri Valentino & Neal Hughlett

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • julie bentivegna

    $50

  • Carolyn McElligott

    $50

  • Diane and Russ Pugh

    $50

  • Woods

    $100

  • Stephanie Curtis

    $25

  • Joya Anna Faretra

    $50

  • Carl and Amy Pappo

     

  • Jason, Erin, Madeline and Luke Gibson

     

  • Jayne and Michael Rodriquez

    $50

  • The Monkiewicz Family

    $50

  • The McCarthy Family

    $100

  • CrowdRise

    $10

  • Joan DeLuca

    $50

  • The Wages

     

  • The Prodgers Family

     

  • Pat Kelly

     

  • Tim & Cathy Bailey

     

  • John Kolakowski

     

  • Dean & Allison Sprankling

    $50

  • Kathleen Jones & Family

    $100

  • Department of Emergency Medicine Brigham...

    $250

  • Julie Theriault

     

  • Nancy Selander

    $50

  • The Sleeper Family - Chris, Krissy &...

    $100

  • The Fasano/Z... Family

    $100

  • Elaine, Genevieve, Claire, Isabel, Alice...

     

  • Janet Gilardi

    $30

  • The Rosati Family

    $50

  • Constance Babcock

    $50

  • The Daniell Family

    $250

  • Patrice Cappello and Family

    $100

  • Matt Fogo and Kevin Manning

    $200

  • The Norris Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Evans Family

    $50

  • Eric and Joanne Kenworthy

     

  • John, Olivia and Ella DeCecca

    $100

  • Bill Kotsifas

    $50

  • The Ingemi Family

    $500

  • Richard and Michele Gambale

    $50

  • Judith Clough

    $50

  • Denise Kaliris

    $130

  • Sharon Evans

    $25

  • The Joyce Family

    $100

  • The Whitley Family

    $100

  • Victoria Arthur

    $50

  • Lisa Holmes

    $50

  • Lisa Pedicini

    $262

  • Joe, Maureen, Patrick and Emily Hickey

    $100

  • Tara and Deana Fundraiser

    $1,142

  • Michael and Lisa Buccieri

    $75

  • Michelle A Dell Isola

    $25

  • Thomas and Karen Kezerian

    $100

  • Madam Had 'Em

    $100

  • Kelley Dawson Rosnov

    $40

  • Karen and Brendan Regan

    $50

  • Angela and Charles Borstel

    $25

  • UPRR Law

    $100

  • Michael and Elizabeth Walsh

    $25

  • Tanya McSorley

    $25

  • Douglas and Jeanne Thorpe

    $25

  • Erik and Elise Simard

    $50

  • Walter Sikora, Jr.

    $100

  • Joseph and Adeline Ciccarello

    $50

  • Tanya McSorley

    $25

  • Douglas and Jeanne Thorpe

    $25

  • Erik and Elise Simard

    $50

  • Walter Sikora, Jr.

    $100

  • Joseph and Adeline Ciccarello

    $50

  • David and Deborah Gray

    $25

  • Charles and Cyndie Femino

    $25

  • Thomas Pino

    $50

  • Donna and Walter Phiipps

    $50

  • Neil Fisher

    $1,000

  • The Strazzul...

    $100

  • The Bencal Family-M... Meghan, Madison a...

    $50

  • Lynn Albrecht Ouellette

    $50

  • Lynn Albrecht Ouellette

    $50

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276% 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

Fundraiser Title

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

Fundraiser Title

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

Lynn Albrecht Ouellette

Lynn Albrecht Ouellette

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Lynn Albrecht Ouellette

Lynn Albrecht Ouellette

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Bencal Family-Matt, Meghan, Madison and Avery

The Bencal Family-Matt, Meghan, Madison and Avery

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Strazzullo's

The Strazzullo's

DONATION: $100

We are so proud of you. Good luck and we will see you at the finish line. Love the Strazz's 2 years ago

Neil Fisher

Neil Fisher

DONATION: $1,000

2 years ago