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Kate Asher's Fundraiser:

The Children's Room Boston 2015

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Kate Asher

THE STORY:

I was at work, and my then 7 year old son, Garrett, was at school one snowy February day in 2011 when I got the call.  The call that changed my life and Garrett's life forever.  Drew, Garrett's Dad, had passed away suddenly; his liver had failed.  He was 47 years old.  We had only been in Massachusetts 3 years at the time, and had no blood family near by. 

Since then and for the past 3 years, however, Garrett and I have had a new "family", which has supported and comforted us, through our journey of grieving and rebuilding our lives without Drew.  The members of our new family were similarly touched by loss of a parent, their lives irrevocably changed by cancer, a fatal accident, suicide, murder.  The Children's Room in Arlington, Massachusetts, has provided a warm, safe, supportive environment for all of us.  

I’ve been touched by the children and their families whom I've met at The Children’s Room, their resilience, their courage, their love.  

Prior to Drew's death, I'd only attended one funeral in my life; I had no idea how to support my 7 year old through this experience of major loss of a parent.  He hadn't so much as lost a pet prior to that time.  

I remember the first day we went to The Children's Room.  Garrett didn't want to go:  "I don't want anyone else to know, Mom."  But, by the end of that evening, when I gently asked him "How'd it go?", he simply, wordlessly gave me a "thumbs up."  For three years now, he's looked forward to going every two weeks to meet and spend time with his friends.  The friends who, through shared experience, understand.  

I came to learn that, before the graduation of high school, one child out of every 20 children will have a parent die. Centers of support, like the Children's Room, are so critical to families like ours.  The Children's Room offers its services free of charge in a warm, welcoming, loving environment.  

Our fundraising, your donations are critical to its survival.  I invite you to donate to this worthy cause, by supporting my run of the 2015 Boston Marathon.  

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/Kate” in the memo line so that your gift will count towards my goal.

~Kate and Garret Asher

$8,960

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Czerwinski Family

    $100

  • Neil Fisher and Meryl Loonin

    $1,000

  • Alan and Janet Simpson

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Katie, Gavin & Griffin

    $200

  • Damon Oliva

    $50

  • Damon Oliva

    $50

  • Stephanie Lubin-Levy

    $20

  • Alan Stern and Lori Tenser

    $100

  • The Biggio Family

     

  • Steve & Maryanne Andrew

    $3,000

  • Anonymous

     

  • Eli Brookner

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Betsy Kernan

    $50

  • Madhavi Pastamatla

    $40

  • Kim and Mike Gruber

    $500

  • Ann Scharpf

    $10

  • Mary Ellen Margosian

    $50

  • Lorraine Tobin

    $100

  • Jeffrey and Catherine Myer

    $30

  • The Vaudo Family

    $10

  • Dance Fundraiser

    $45

  • Deana

     

  • Anonymous

    $2,500

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119% Raised of $7,500 Goal

The Team: $89,145 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

The Children's Room

Amount Raised

$18,820

 

16% Raised of $120,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Stephanie Lubin-Levy

Amount Raised

$13,696

 

114% Raised of $12,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Deana Hickey

Amount Raised

$13,550

 

181% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Benoit

Amount Raised

$11,673

 

156% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Ruffing

Amount Raised

$11,271

 

150% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sarah Ford

Amount Raised

$11,175

 

149% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kate Asher

Amount Raised

$8,960

 

119% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $2,500

3 years ago

Deana

Deana

I wish you and your son all the best!! We have both been lucky to have TCR and to be able to give back!! Thank you! 3 years ago

Jeffrey and Catherine Myer

Jeffrey and Catherine Myer

DONATION: $30

3 years ago

The Vaudo Family

The Vaudo Family

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Dance Fundraiser

Dance Fundraiser

DONATION: $45

3 years ago

Lorraine Tobin

Lorraine Tobin

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Mary Ellen Margosian

Mary Ellen Margosian

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Ann Scharpf

Ann Scharpf

DONATION: $10

The story would be too strange to believe. Good luck to you, though! Run like the wind and enjoy the day! 3 years ago

Kim and Mike Gruber

Kim and Mike Gruber

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Madhavi Pastamatla

Madhavi Pastamatla

DONATION: $40

3 years ago