BENEFITING: The Children's Room
ORGANIZER: The Children's Room
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
There is an Irish proverb I love… “Do not resent getting old. Many are denied the privilege.” I have understood this for a long time. My father died when he was 43 and I was 8. Now 51 years old, I am grateful to be able to experience the very challenging process it will take for me to complete a lifelong dream – running the Boston Marathon. This dream touches me deeply and is such an important piece of my life’s story.
Too many have had their story cut short, most likely leaving some and even many of their dreams unfulfilled. I think of my father Joe dying at 43, my mother in-law Audrey at 68, my step-brother Denny at 61 and my friends Bob at 23 and Tony at 28. I am aware of the many untimely deaths of mothers, fathers, siblings, friends and family members of the children and teens who attend The Children’s Room in Arlington, MA. While training, especially on the harder days, I wonder what dreams they would have loved to achieve. I am humbled to be able to pursue one of my own dreams on behalf of the children’s and teen’s stories I have heard over the years.
I received my TCR volunteer training certificate when the organization first began. Today, 20yrs later, it is the leading nonprofit grief support center in Massachusetts. I have remained a group facilitator throughout the years and I’m embarking on my second year as the co-director for the Teen Performance Troupe. To say the least, I believe in this program and all that it offers. My passion has remained the same since leaving my first volunteer training 20 years ago. I remember literally skipping and thinking how amazing it was that there was a place for children and teens to discover they weren’t alone with their grief.
Over my years with TCR, I have watched and listened to the uniqueness of each person’s grief. I leave a night of volunteering humbled by all of the courage it can take to share the confusing feelings that come with grieving. TCR offers space and opportunities for children and teens to discover empowerment through the knowledge that grieving is a natural process and it is indeed normal. I continue to be a better listener and have learned how important it is to trust children and teens go where they need to go with their grief. I’m sure we can all agree how beneficial and wonderfully powerful it is to not only be heard, but understood. In all of the uncertainty that life brings, The Children’s Room offers a home for children and teens to be reminded, “you are not alone and you will be heard.” I would run any distance possible to help share this message.
Through every step in my training and on race day, I will be honoring and respecting the memories shared, the dreams reached, and the dreams left unfulfilled by not only those that have died, but the children and teens themselves. My father’s death has somehow not only lead me to TCR, but made a dream of mine come true. Life can be pretty awesome.
I am honored and grateful to raise awareness and money for The Children’s Room. I want you to know that families who attend TCR are not required to pay anything. Please help support this organization that I love and believe in so deeply.
Thank you so much for your time!!!
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The Children’s Room at 1210 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476.
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Most Heartfelt & Smiling,