26.2 Miles to go
April 15, 2017
BENEFITING: The Children's Room
ORGANIZER: The Children's Room
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I’m running in memory of my mom and in honor of my dad.
In 1992 my mom passed away over the Christmas Holiday break after a very short bout with cancer. I vividly recall my feelings when it was announced over the PA system at my high school as school was back in session. The first few weeks were a blur, I understood what happened however there were still many questions & feelings which I did not clearly understand or clearly verbalize.
I had a good family circle. I had a good group of friends from church. But it wasn’t until I was invited to a high school support group of students who lost a parent that I began to feel safe and vocalize the feelings which I was experiencing.
This is why I’ve chosen to run the Boston Marathon for The Children’s Room. To experience the loss of a parent or a sibling is a terrible thing for a child. Having a safe place to open up and express their feelings begins a long road to dealing with their loss. It’s been almost 25 years since my mom passed and every day I miss her. Every child and parent walking through the doors at TCR will continue to experience that loss but being able to express it will only occur if they feel safe.
Running the Boston Marathon for The Children’s Room will provide more children a safe, supportive community so no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone.