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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

John Dudley

THE STORY:

I’m just 30 years old, and have already lost half of my immediate family.  It has not been easy.

When I was in my freshman year of college in 2001, my father was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and after two years of struggling through the cycle of treatments, rehabs, and nursing homes, he passed away. My younger brother Ryan (three years my junior) and I had to struggle through that tumultuous time. To this day, I’m sure Ryan took it even it harder than I did, because he always had a much more difficult time talking and sharing his feelings, and also his big brother was physically miles away at college. I also was fortunate enough to be by my dad’s bedside during his final moments, with my mother; my brother was not so fortunate. I can’t imagine how this impacted his grief further.

We imagine it was around this time that Ryan began experimenting with drugs. Over the following many years, he struggled with this addiction, one that destroyed him from the inside out. Again, during this process, he was for the most part very unable to share his feelings with my mother and me. We do know he grieved for us, and for himself. In February of 2010, Ryan overdosed on heroin at our family home. My grief has been quite regular ever since, and my mother’s even more so.

There are two reasons I am running my very first Boston Marathon for The Children’s Room (TCR).

I will run in memory of my brother and father, who, in their own special ways, contributed to our family and friends, and this world as a whole, in very caring and giving ways, most of which many people may never know.

Also, my mother and I talk often about our grief, though my mother still cannot come to look at most photographs of Ryan, in helping us through this grieving process. Just the other day in fact, we talked about TCR and how difficult it must be for a young child to suffer a loss, when we as adults find so much trouble grieving, understanding, and recovering. I will run to help give confused and saddened children the opportunity to find understanding, hope, and peace through the services TCR provides.

These children and their families deserve to be supported by a safe and caring community as they work through their grief. Your financial donation is needed desperately to help me meet my fundraising goal of $7,500. Your donations will help TCR provide direct, hands-on comfort to children struggling with loss. If you have ever lost someone special in your life, especially suddenly, you know how it feels to grieve. Now, imagine if you were a young child.

TCR current participants include children ages 3 to 18 and their families. Some of these children witnessed the sudden death of their loved one, other children lost parents or siblings to lengthy illnesses. The services the organization provides are free.  Grieving families have enough to deal with, without making cost a barrier.  Families are invited, but not required, to make a donation.  Because TCR offers a peer support model, they are not eligible for health insurance reimbursements. TCR estimates that it costs $1,500 a year for one child or teen to enroll in the program.  It costs about $5,000 a year for an entire family to come to TCR, where they can find support and connection with other families who are grieving.

Help these children with a donation; any and every dollar amount is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

 

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

 

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,

John

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To This Fundraiser

$5,776

MONEY RAISED
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  • DJ John Dudley Entertainment

    $150

  • The Sutton Family

    $75

  • Blazarus

    $40

  • Jenny Gardynski

    $100

  • magic dave

    $25

  • Timothy Dignam

    $50

  • Katherine Nowak-Crane

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Rich V.

    $50

  • J O'Brien

    $200

  • Linda and James Smith

    $100

  • Kathryn and Luke Verboort

    $100

  • Tina St. Gelais-Kelly

    $50

  • Kevin Del Signore

    $30

  • Randi Cavanaugh

    $50

  • Janice Dudley

    $200

  • Susan Gill

    $50

  • Alan Stern and Lori Tenser

    $200

  • Ryan and Amy O'Boyle

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Jim and Brenda Derrico

    $50

  • Andrea & Chuck Evers

    $75

  • Jeff & Christine Bartoloni

    $25

  • The Hong Family

    $50

  • Shelley Landry

    $30

  • Jacqui White & Mike Conley

    $25

  • Jenn and Sandy

    $50

  • Jeff and Jessica Gahres

    $100

  • Margarita Night

    $600

  • Colleen Shannon and Noah Weiskoff

    $500

  • Donna and William Gardynski

    $100

  • Marjorie and Stanley Letasz

    $100

  • Neil Fisher and Meryl Loonin

    $1,000

  • Christine Solar

    $30

  • Jean and James Lewis

    $100

  • lauren cirino

    $50

  • Sarah Neukom

     

  • Victoria Arthur

     

  • Marc and Rebecca Limage

    $50

  • Sheryl Snowden

    $100

  • lucille and Domenic

    $50

  • Krissy Goodwin

    $25

  • Juli Hamlet

    $20

  • Clive Martin

    $50

  • R & L Associates, Inc.

    $50

  • Patty Lamarre

    $100

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77% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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The Team: $76,807 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Brenda Walsh-Segesdi

Amount Raised

$13,489

 

180% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Deana Hickey

Amount Raised

$12,811

 

128% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Brandon Simpson

Amount Raised

$11,860

 

158% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Stephanie Lubin-Levy

Amount Raised

$11,351

 

114% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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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

Patty Lamarre

Patty Lamarre

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

R & L Associates, Inc.

R & L Associates, Inc.

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Clive Martin

Clive Martin

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Juli Hamlet

Juli Hamlet

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Krissy Goodwin

Krissy Goodwin

DONATION: $25

Good luck John!!! You rock!! 4 years ago

lucille and Domenic

lucille and Domenic

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Sheryl Snowden

Sheryl Snowden

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Marc and Rebecca Limage

Marc and Rebecca Limage

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Victoria Arthur

Victoria Arthur

Good luck Monday! 4 years ago

Sarah Neukom

Sarah Neukom

John you're doing an awesome thing by running for Ryan. Good luck this weekend - I'll be thinking about you! 4 years ago