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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

Deana Hickey

THE STORY:

When I first met Ron I was living in NY and he was in Boston – we had a long distance relationship which spanned a year with each of us traveling by Trump shuttle (thank goodness for the under 25 discounts!).  I can vividly remember that first time watching the Boston Marathon – what a thrill it was to watch these runners.  I remember telling Ron, “One day that will be me and you’ll be watching me on the sideline.”  Although Ron was never on the sidelines, he has been with me for each and every run since then, and it is his name and picture that crosses the finish line with me each and every time.

After Ron died, I chose to run the Boston Maraton for Dana Farber – the place that helped him, that gave him hope and exceptional care. This year, I am running (figuratively!) a different course and supporting The Children’s Room, a place that is near and dear to my heart and supports children and their families after a loss of a sibling or a parent.

After Ron died our family was very fortunate to be supported by the strength of family, friends and community.  Along the way, I met other young widows and widowers and the shared connection was instant – this was a common bond that we wish we didn’t have but nevertheless made it easy for us to relate; we shared our concerns, our trials, and we found that we could lean on one another. 

For Arielle, Andy, Sydney and Teddy, their loss was a private one not easily shared with friends or adults around them.  I had heard about the Children’s Room through friends who had used their services, but had not explored the opportunity until my mother-in-law Linda encouraged me and Arielle to see the Teen Performance Troupe. We sat riveted, hearing about their shared loss through songs and personal stories, which gave us a glimpse of the holes in their hearts. 

For Arielle, this would mark the beginning of her personal journey at The Children’s Room. Performing in the Teen Troupe gave Arielle a sense of purpose; she made friends with individuals who understood her, she used her voice and her passion for music to express those needs, and – above all – in many ways it brought her closer to her Dad. 

Watch a video of Arielle's song in the 2011 Teen Performance Troupe

My own involvement with The Children’s Room has also grown, as I have recently joined the Board of Directors. I have met incredible people at the Children’s Room – they embrace you, they are there for you, and above all they are there for the many children and families who have walked through the doors of that special house in Arlington. 

I’m running the 2013 Boston Marathon for those families and others like them – to give them the opportunity to experience the care and compassion that Arielle received, and to let them know they are not alone. I’m also running for my daughter Arielle, as the Children’s Room was the place who gave her spirit, hope, and warmth.

Please consider helping me reach my fundraising goal of $10,000. 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/Nanci” in the memo line so that your gift will count towards my goal.

On behalf of my family, I’d like to thank each of you for being there for all of us and supporting us on this journey.

 

Love,

Nanci

$12,811

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jessica Keimowitz

    $25

  • Joanne and Dan Weil

     

  • Myrna and Gene Freedman

    $100

  • Mark Cohn

    $25

  • Teddy Gelb

    $100

  • Renee Silverstein

     

  • Caroline Erisman

    $100

  • Rebecca Latimore

    $50

  • Rita & Art Wessan

    $100

  • ELAINE AND LEONARD WURZEL

    $100

  • Patti Quigley

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Laura & Steve McAnena

    $100

  • Ilissa and Lon Povich

    $100

  • Aris and Mary Ellen Margosian

    $100

  • Alan Stern and Lori Tenser

    $200

  • Dawn Balcazar

    $50

  • Scott and Betsy Silverstein and family

    $180

  • Cara and Jim Friedman

     

  • Nancy Csaplar

    $100

  • Goldsmith Family

    $500

  • Kennie and Jeff Grogan

    $100

  • The Freeman Family

    $180

  • The Dunnes

    $200

  • Linda & Art Gelb

    $500

  • Julie Marriott

    $250

  • The Druckers

    $150

  • Carolyn Drucker

    $50

  • Sona & Jim Schuermann

     

  • Rachel Rock & Josh Levy

    $100

  • Neil Fisher and Meryl Loonin

    $1,000

  • Michael and Debra Young

    $200

  • Victoria Arthur

     

  • Rich & Laurie Gliklich

    $200

  • Mark and Deb Paculano

     

  • The Collins Family

     

  • Jayne and Ethan Friedberg

     

  • Toby and Bert Davidson

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Liz Suneby

    $25

  • Jill and Bennett Alpert

    $100

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128% Raised of $10,000 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

Jill and Bennett Alpert

Jill and Bennett Alpert

DONATION: $100

With love and in support 4 years ago

Liz Suneby

Liz Suneby

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

5 years ago

Toby and Bert Davidson

Toby and Bert Davidson

DONATION: $100

IMO RON GELB 5 years ago

Jayne and Ethan Friedberg

Jayne and Ethan Friedberg

5 years ago

The Collins Family

The Collins Family

We''ll be thinking of you on Monday, Nanci... you're a true inspiration. Love, Lee, Jarrett, Victoria, and Nina 5 years ago

Mark and Deb Paculano

Mark and Deb Paculano

Good luck on the run! 5 years ago

Rich & Laurie Gliklich

Rich & Laurie Gliklich

DONATION: $200

We are so proud of you and we will be cheering you on all the way!! Love, Laurie, Rich, Em, Jenny and Ben 5 years ago

Victoria Arthur

Victoria Arthur

Good luck Monday! 5 years ago

Michael and Debra Young

Michael and Debra Young

DONATION: $200

5 years ago