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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

Susan Retik-Ger

THE STORY:

Each year on Marathon Monday, my family and I head to Wellesley to watch and cheer on the runners as they pass the half way mark of the marathon.  And every year as I walk back to my car, I think next year I’m going to run Boston.  But year after year, I’ve come up with some sort of excuse and never actually committed to doing it. This past year was no different until the bombs went off and everything was different. I decided that very evening that no matter what, I would run the Boston Marathon in 2014.  So I want to be a part of THIS marathon - the runners, the organizers, the volunteers and all the people that come to watch and cheer. I want to be a part of that world – the one where good people band together to make the world a better place. And what better organization to run for than The Children’s Room whose mission is to create a safe and supportive community for grieving families? 

The Children’s Room (TCR) is the largest independent, non-profit organization in MA dedicated to creating safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen or family has to grieve alone.

After Dave was killed, a similar support group (The Circle Group) was set up specifically for the 9/11 families and I can’t begin to explain how beneficial that group was to me as well as my kids.

The Circle Group was a place where I had the opportunity to let down my guard and share with others going through similar experiences.  It was a place that our kids were able to look around a room and see other kids who had lost a dad or a mom to the terrorist attacks. They created scrapbooks and dream catchers, and accessed lots of memories while creating new ones. 

Because we had the Circle Group, we never needed the services of the Children’s Room. And, although I had always heard good things about TCR, I had never really given much thought to how essential they are to families who have a loss and are NOT a part of a national tragedy.

About 4 years ago, however, I was invited to attend a fundraising breakfast that TCR was holding. I recall sitting at the table with Rebecca on my lap listening to a teenager speak about her experience of grief and how important the Children’s Room has been in her life. With tears streaming down my face, I decided that I wanted to become more involved. I quickly became a supporter and just a few months ago, I joined their board.

I am thrilled and honored to be running the Boston Marathon for the Children’s Room. I am joining two passions - the running of the marathon with supporting an organization I connect with so deeply.  I hope that you will help me reach my goal of raising $6,000.

Thank you!

p.s. I am also running with one of my best friends in the whole world, Karen Bock. We've just begun training but it's so much fun having a partner!

$11,409

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Burke Family

    $100

  • Stephanie Sena

    $100

  • The Agostino Family

    $100

  • The Bressler Family

    $100

  • The Stein family

     

  • Amy Charney

    $35

  • Debbie and Ron Fellman

    $100

  • Fabian family

    $25

  • Amy Ziskin Jean and family

    $54

  • The Beacham Family

     

  • The Gers

    $100

  • Muriel & Herb

    $50

  • The Amarals

    $100

  • Elissa and Lee Cooper

     

  • The Goldbergs

     

  • Maureen and Tim Dibble

    $500

  • Deborah Rivlin

    $72

  • leanna landsmann

     

  • The Kiersteads

     

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Linda and Seymour Salett

    $25

  • Hildy Neumann and family

     

  • Jennifer Rosenzweig

    $50

  • Debbie Zalesne

    $100

  • Stacy Keitz Horowitz

     

  • The Eskin Family

    $100

  • Nancy and Jay Geisinger

    $54

  • Jen and Josh Ziskin

    $72

  • Anonymous

     

  • Shilpa Phadke

    $50

  • The Segall/Hurley Family

    $126

  • The Stanton-Ragnoni Family

    $100

  • Jill and David Adler

    $1,000

  • Mike Jennings

    $200

  • Alan Stern and Lori Tenser

    $100

  • Tricia Curry Glass

    $200

  • Michael Vahey

    $100

  • Harvey and Judith Zalesne

    $100

  • Beth Murphy

    $100

  • Nancy Simpson-Banker

     

  • Stephanie Lubin-Levy

    $10

  • Mark and Sue Ennis

     

  • Lisa and Eran Lobel

    $150

  • Kim Emmons-Benjet

    $100

  • Susan Retik-Ger

    $1,000

  • The Musallam Family

    $1,000

  • Lesly Flemming Ger

    $500

  • Monica Hinojos

    $50

  • The Connolly Family

     

  • Alan and Lynn Retik

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Liv and Mike Nash

     

  • Lori, Rob, Declan, Kathleen and Bridget

    $50

  • Anne Helgen + Michael Gilligan

     

  • Paul Ciampa

    $100

  • Gillian Doyle and Dan Sheehan

    $100

  • Caitrin and Nick

     

  • Andrea and Robert Sheiffer

    $50

  • Neil Fisher and Meryl Loonin

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

     

  • Nino and Rebecca Tarantino

     

  • The Macduff Family

    $50

  • Jon and Nicole Strimling

    $100

  • The Wells Family

     

  • Karen Leonardi

    $75

  • Gayle & Howard Karp

     

  • Stacy Lynn & Erik Martinson

    $25

  • Mel

    $50

  • Cindy Geller & family

    $25

  • Mary Ellen Margosian

    $50

  • Missy Berman and Family

    $250

  • Jen Geraci

    $50

  • The McGuire Family

     

  • Jen Karp Davis

     

  • Victoria Arthur

     

  • The Hansburg Family

    $50

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190% Raised of$6,000 Goal

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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

The Hansburg Family

The Hansburg Family

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Victoria Arthur

Victoria Arthur

Good luck Monday! 5 years ago

Jen Karp Davis

Jen Karp Davis

5 years ago

The McGuire Family

The McGuire Family

5 years ago

Jen Geraci

Jen Geraci

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Missy Berman and Family

Missy Berman and Family

DONATION: $250

5 years ago

Mary Ellen Margosian

Mary Ellen Margosian

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Cindy Geller & family

Cindy Geller & family

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Mel

Mel

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Stacy Lynn & Erik Martinson

Stacy Lynn & Erik Martinson

DONATION: $25

5 years ago