It’s been a dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon for years, particularly since I began running half-marathons two years ago and even more particularly since January 21, 2013 when my mother—my best friend and biggest hero—died of Colon Cancer at the age of sixty-two.
Last year, my older brother, Rich, ran Boston and watching him run by at mile twenty-two with “I love Mom” imprinted on his arm, I’ve never been prouder of him and the woman who raised him. I am honored to take his spot this year, to celebrate our mother’s life and the impact she had on us and continues to have on us every day.
In addition to running for Grammie (as she preferred to be called by the three little loves of her life), I am running this 26.2 for The Children's Room, and I couldn't be more thrilled. The Children's Room provides caring support for children, teens, and families that have experienced the death of a close family member. By participating in groups with others who understand what it's like to lose 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.
I’m still learning how to grieve my mother’s death, how to surpass or at least endure the daily sorrow and loneliness that accompany such a profound loss, and so I desire so vehemently to recognize and applaud an organization that is “dedicated to creating safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone.”
By helping me reach my fundraising goal, you’re providing support to families facing the devastating loss of a parent or child, and you're helping me remember a mother who lived for her family.
Thank you for your support!