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Brenda Walsh-Segesdi's Fundraiser:

The Children's Room 2013 Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: The Children's Room

ORGANIZER: The Children's Room

EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013

Brenda Walsh-Segesdi

THE STORY:

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!!!

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

 

Please share my fundraising page.

Any contribution you make is appreciated deeply!!!

 

Most Heartfelt & Smiling,

Brenda

$13,489

MONEY RAISED
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  • Susan (Sarno) Mihailidis

    $25

  • Betterkid 3

     

  • Christopher Perone

    $25

  • betterkid1

    $100

  • Andrea & Jonah

    $150

  • Steve Z.

    $25

  • Jean Marchant

    $25

  • Lisa Boes

    $100

  • Maeve Spain

    $35

  • Betterkid4&family;

     

  • Gail

    $40

  • sharon koh

    $26

  • Mary and Bonnie

    $25

  • Bill and Andrea

    $52

  • Rosalie Poitrast

    $150

  • Wes and Penny Russell

    $100

  • Alex, Hayley and Toto too

    $50

  • Corin

    $25

  • Sharon aka 'Bug'

     

  • Herb and Ann Symes

    $100

  • Taylor and Nancy

    $35

  • Alan Stern and Lori Tenser

    $200

  • East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

     

  • The Forsters Rosalie, Danny, Tessa, Sarah. Ellie and Hope

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Chip Highfield

    $25

  • Aris and Mary Ellen Margosian

    $100

  • Emily Carson Dashawetz, Former TCR Volunteer

    $25

  • Jeanne Boyden

    $25

  • Jess Fortin

    $50

  • kristen and eric

    $25

  • Rich, Julie, Joe, Jake Hayward

    $500

  • Dave G.

     

  • Peter & Donna

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Clareann Lomber

    $50

  • Lynn, Tom & Laina

    $250

  • Elizabeth Kernan

    $25

  • Michael Boothroyd & Patrick Cheng

    $50

  • Joey Lachimia

    $25

  • Alan and Janet Simpson

    $500

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Burke's

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Susan and Michael

    $25

  • Dave Maloney

    $50

  • Maureen Cassidy

    $50

  • Bruce Goodman

    $100

  • Law Enforcement Dimensions, LLC

    $100

  • Louise Lopman

    $25

  • Mary Glavin

    $25

  • Donna Sharff

    $300

  • Joanne Pileeki

    $25

  • Michael Walsh

    $25

  • Lisa (Caron) Gosselin

    $10

  • Laurie W. Gaynor

    $100

  • Stephanie Luna

    $25

  • Liz & the Roche Family

    $100

  • Dalton & Patty

    $50

  • Sheila & Ed Strickland

    $100

  • Doug & Polly

    $65

  • Neil Fisher and Meryl Loonin

    $1,000

  • Lynne Eisenberg

     

  • Peter tura

    $25

  • Carlo and Carla Baratta

    $50

  • Sandra Drubner

    $50

  • Victoria Arthur

     

  • Jess

    $100

  • Judith Oliver

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Crossroads Cafe

    $100

  • Jim and Donna Stearns

    $100

  • anonymous

    $5,000

  • Deborah Sherman Hayes

     

  • Earlene Sherman

     

  • Francie Short

    $25

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180% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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The Team: $76,807 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Brenda Walsh-Segesdi

Amount Raised

$13,489

 

180% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Deana Hickey

Amount Raised

$12,811

 

128% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brandon Simpson

Amount Raised

$11,860

 

158% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Stephanie Lubin-Levy

Amount Raised

$11,351

 

114% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristen Pedroli

Amount Raised

$8,094

 

162% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Anne Scharpf

Amount Raised

$7,475

 

150% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

John Dudley

Amount Raised

$5,776

 

77% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Terri Tsagaris

Amount Raised

$5,401

 

72% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Francie Short

Francie Short

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Deborah Sherman Hayes

Deborah Sherman Hayes

5 years ago

Earlene Sherman

Earlene Sherman

5 years ago

anonymous

anonymous

DONATION: $5,000

5 years ago

Jim and Donna Stearns

Jim and Donna Stearns

DONATION: $100

Good luck Brenda, just heard from Paul that you are running for the first time. Wow!!! 5 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Judith Oliver

Judith Oliver

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Crossroads Cafe

Crossroads Cafe

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Jess

Jess

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Victoria Arthur

Victoria Arthur

Good luck Monday! 5 years ago