Why I'm here...
November 20, 2016
BENEFITING: The Children's Room
ORGANIZER: The Children's Room
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Running the Boston Marathon began as a joke in April 2016, but has somewhat and unexpectedly become a reality and something that I am excited about. I decided that if I was going to run 26.2 miles, then it needed to be for a good cause. Unsure of where to get started or what to do to, I received an email from one of closest friends asking if I would consider running on behalf of The Children’s Room. I had briefly heard about The Children’s Room from conversations with him but had not actually looked into the organization. I heard about the amazing work that the organization does for children, teens, and families going through the grieving process and I knew that this was an organization for me to get involved with. I want to run the Boston Marathon on behalf of The Children’s Room because I believe in the work they do and would like to draw more attention to this organization. Through my work with college students, I hear them talk about the grieving process after a loved one has passed away and the support they received or they wish they had received. When I was younger, my aunt passed away expectantly, well to me it was expectantly, and I still feel that I, at the age of 25, have yet to come to terms with her death. I’m running on behalf of all those younger versions of myself who were unable to understand how someone so precious could be taken from the world. I’m planning to run for those who are or were unable to find support services similar to the services offered by The Children’s Room, to assist with the grieving process. I miss my aunt every day and I wish I had an opportunity as a kid to process this with someone and others. My aunt was like a second mom to me and I don’t want anyone else feeling the same way that I did.
The Children's Room wrote -
We’re proud to introduce the 6 runners on our 2017 Miles & Memories Team! Please be sure to read through our team’s personal fundraising pages—we have an amazing group of people running for us this year.
The Children’s Room creates safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone. We believe that grief is a natural and healthy response to death, everyone experiences grief in a unique way and being with others who have experienced a death reduces isolation and can provide hope.
We rely on generous donations to keep our programs free of charge for grieving families. By helping our runners reach their fundraising goals, you’re providing support to families facing the devastating loss of a parent or child.
Our direct services for families and individuals include peer support groups (at our Arlington center and in locations throughout Greater Boston), Parenting While Grieving education series, Monthly Family Night arts-based program, teen programming, adult consultations, and information and referrals.
By participating in groups with others who know the sadness of losing a parent or sibling, children have the opportunity to express their feelings in a safe space and learn that they are not alone in their grief.
One eight-year-old girl who attended group at TCR shared, “I only talked about [my mom’s death] with my dad until we started going to The Children’s Room. It was easy to talk with the adults and kids who had been through the same thing as me… I started to feel better. It’s nice to not feel afraid anymore.”
We know that grief and loss can be difficult topics to address. Our training, education, and community outreach programs enable professionals to gain skills in providing caring and effective grief support to children and families.
Families are able to attend our programs free of charge. All of these services for grieving families wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of donors and volunteers and the efforts of our inspiring Marathon runners.
Thank you for supporting our 2017 Miles & Memories Marathon Team as they prepare to run 26.2 miles for grieving children, teens, and families!