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Brenda Walsh-Segesdi's Fundraiser:

Children's Room 2014 Boston Marathon

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BENEFITING: The Children's Room

ORGANIZER: The Children's Room

EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014

EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014

Brenda Walsh-Segesdi

THE STORY:

I want to first share my deepest gratitude to my family, friends, friends of the family, employers past and present,customers,coaches and members of The Children’s Room community for supporting my fundraising page last year. Together you helped me reflect on my 20 years as a volunteer for The Children’s Room with over $13,000. Raising awareness and money for TCR while running my first dream come true Boston Marathon was a combination that I can best describe as pure joy. I am thrilled the photo I have included captured that pureness. I was filled with so much pride and joy on Marathon Monday that I could not contain it at times. While smiling, thanking and high fiving the thousands of amazing people cheering on the sideline I would burst out “I am so happy! It all feels like a dream! “ My heart and thoughts were packed with all of the dreams left behind from my father, my step-brother, my mother in law, my friends Bob and Tony and the all the parents and siblings from TCR who’s lives and dreams had ended too soon. This experience was so special and so humbling. My joyful sprit inside was rooted by the pure privilege; accomplishing my dream of running the Boston Marathon for The Children’s Room.

In a moment the joy ended. The dream was not quite met. As the minutes and hours and weeks unfolded the gratitude was overwhelming. My family, including my 82 yr old mother who had to walk over 3 miles to safety, were not harmed. The entire 2013 Miles & Memories Team and families were not harmed. The Boston Athletic Association invited us back to run in the 118th Boston Marathon.The choice to run for The Children’s Room was up to us.

The opportunity and the ability to run again, is again… a privilege. The only way I know how to show my gratitude is by continuing to raise awareness and money for The Children’s Room. Each and every time I have listened to a child or teen express how attending TCR has helped them feel not alone and understood, I feel blessed; knowing I am a small piece of a supportive community that offers space and opportunities for children and teens to discover empowerment through the knowledge that grieving is a natural process and is indeed normal. In all the uncertainty that life brings, The Children’s Room offers a home for children and teens to be embraced with, “You are not alone and you will be heard”.

Once again, I would run any distance possible to share this message and honored to do so. The received support last year and this year will without a doubt pick me up and push me along each and every freezing cold and gray winter’s day and make possible the mind challenging long distance runs on the treadmill when the roads are not safe to train on. I so look forward to the many times I would feel like I was being lifted. Runner’s high? Yeah? But I wanted to believe that in an instant all the energy I have spent thinking of my father’s death and life and my life since I was 8yrs old collided… and for a moment we were just together.

 “All that we love…deeply…becomes a part of us.” Helen Keller

Every step I take on April 21, 2014 I will be honoring and respecting the opportunity and the ability I have to run while proudly wearing The Children’s Room T Shirt, letting thousands know there is a safe place for grieving children and teens to be…not alone.

 When my 52yr old body crosses the finish line I will have carried the Irish proverb that has fuelled my life since I was 8yrs old.

“Do not resent growing old…for many are denied the privilege.”

Please help support this organization that I love and believe in so fully. I want you to know that families that attend TCR are not required to pay anything.

 Any contribution you make is appreciated deeply!!

Thank-you so much for your time!!!

To make a secure donation, click the donation button on the top right of this page.

You may also send a check to:

The Children’s Room

1210 Massachusetts Ave

Arlington, Ma 02476

Please write “Marathon/Brenda” in the memo line so that your gift will count towards my goal.

Most heartfelt,

Brenda

$7,133

MONEY RAISED
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  • Clareann Lomber

    $50

  • Deej

     

  • Steve Z.

    $25

  • Tom, Lynn & Laina

    $250

  • Alan Stern and Lori Tenser

    $100

  • Herb & Ann Symes

    $100

  • Rosalie Poitrast

    $150

  • Nancy Simpson-Banker

     

  • "Bug"

    $25

  • Donna and Jim

     

  • Richard and Paula Koch

    $100

  • Maeve Spain

    $35

  • Stephanie Lubin-Levy

    $10

  • Donna

    $150

  • Jill and David Adler

    $1,000

  • Rich, Julie, Joe and Jake Hayward

    $500

  • David & Karen

    $200

  • Gail Poitrast

    $50

  • Carlo and Carla Baratta

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Andrea & Jonah

    $200

  • Maureen

    $30

  • Crossroads Cafe

    $100

  • Wesley and Penelope Russell

    $50

  • Sheila and Ed Strickland

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Lisa Gosselin

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Neil Fisher and Meryl Loonin

    $400

  • Finn aka Fenway

    $50

  • Wonder & Dodger

    $150

  • Joe & RIchard

    $200

  • Danny, Rosalie, Tessa, Sarah, Ellie & Hope

    $100

  • Peter & Donna Wirzburger

    $25

  • Aris and Mary Ellen Margosian

    $100

  • Deb Sherman-Hayes

     

  • Earlene Sherman

     

  • Brenda Jean Boyden

    $25

  • Liz, Elisa, Tim & Colin Roche

    $100

  • Laurie W. Gaynor

    $100

  • Mary Glavin

    $25

  • Stephen G. Lee

    $30

  • Sam P

    $50

  • Victoria Arthur

     

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Donna Smith Sharff

     

  • Bill and Andrea

    $52

  • Jeanne Mooney & Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sarah McSwegin

    $50

  • George and Gail Greenidge

     

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143% Raised of$5,000 Goal

The Boston Marathon on Crowdrise John Hancock on Facebook John Hancock on Twitter

The Team: $160,349 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

The Children's Room

Amount Raised

$24,070

Fundraiser Title

Stephanie Lubin-Levy

Amount Raised

$14,366

 

144% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rich Ruffing

Amount Raised

$14,012

 

187% Raised of$7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Deana Hickey

Amount Raised

$13,938

 

279% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ellen Fleming Clark

Amount Raised

$12,791

 

142% Raised of$9,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Susan Retik-Ger

Amount Raised

$11,409

 

190% Raised of$6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kim Gruber

Amount Raised

$9,447

 

135% Raised of$7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

David Harding

Amount Raised

$8,201

 

117% Raised of$7,000 Goal

Donor Comments

George and Gail Greenidge

George and Gail Greenidge

5 years ago

Sarah McSwegin

Sarah McSwegin

DONATION: $50

Way to go Brenda! I'm sorry I'm late! Hope better late is better than never:) Miss seeing you and hope you are well!! 5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Brenda, to your dad, our dad and all who we remember at the Children's Room. 5 years ago

Jeanne Mooney & Family

Jeanne Mooney & Family

DONATION: $100

Go Brenda and Team TCR! 5 years ago

Bill and Andrea

Bill and Andrea

DONATION: $52

Day of, both Bill and I are thinking of you as you run. Enjoy! 5 years ago

Donna Smith Sharff

Donna Smith Sharff

Thank you so much for running & raising money again, Brenda - your courage and commitment are an inspiration to me! Know that I will be with you in spirit from mile 18 until you greet your family. I wish you the same joy-filled run you had last year. Love, Donna 5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $30

Good luck Monday, Brenda! 5 years ago

Victoria Arthur

Victoria Arthur

Good luck Monday! 5 years ago

Sam P

Sam P

DONATION: $50

Go Brenda Go! 5 years ago

Stephen G. Lee

Stephen G. Lee

DONATION: $30

Run hard my friend! Hugs. 5 years ago