On April 15, 2013, I will be running the Boston Marathon on behalf of The Children’s Room in memory of Luke and Jack Garagliano. The Children’s Room provides comfort and support to children, teens and families who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
In September 2010 my good friends, Sarah and Mike Garagliano, lost their twin sons, Luke Blais and Jack Michael, shortly after birth. I first met Sarah at Bentley University where we were basketball teammates and, eventually, roommates. I learned through my Bentley basketball experience what it truly means to be part of a team—always supporting each other no matter what the particular circumstance may be.
I have always wanted to run the Boston Marathon ever since college, when I went with my friends to watch the runners. I couldn’t believe the atmosphere. There were so many people cheering and holding signs. I got goose bumps and wished I was one of the runners. Years later, when I moved to Hopkinton, my family and I went to the starting line, and once again I was overcome with the desire to run.
After visiting The Children’s Room, I was inspired by the services and support the organization provides to grieving families. At their home in Arlington, Massachusetts, families who are grieving the death of a parent, child, or sibling are able to come together and know that they are not alone. Through their training programs and Teen Performance Troupe, TCR educates the community about grief and helps others feel more prepared to support families who are grieving. As the leading nonprofit grief support center in Massachusetts, they have helped children and families from over 80 communities.
I welcome this opportunity to help The Children’s Room in memory of Luke and Jack.
The Children's Room offers their programs to families free of charge. To keep these vital programs available for families when they need it most, please consider contributing to my fundraising goal of $5,000 - the cost for an entire family to participate in peer support groups for one year.
I would appreciate any amount you could donate to assist me in reaching my goal. To make a secure donation to my fundraising page, click the donation button on the top right of this page. You may also send checks to The Children’s Room at 1210 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476. Please make your check out to "The Children's Room" and write “Marathon/Kristen” in the memo line so that your gift will count towards my goal.
Thank you for your support. I truly appreciate it.