I am honored and thrilled to be a part of Team Framingham in 2019 Boston Marathon. I run for those who no longer can, namely my Uncle Timmy who suffers from Huntington's Disease. I run for those that left this earth too soon (my cousins Frankie and Seth and sistersister-in-law Stacie). Jeff's Place felt like an immediate hit and I am so honored to be fundraising for this amazing Charity.
We all know someone who has suffered great loss, whether it be a parent at a young age, a sibling, or a child. We want to help our friends and family ease the burden of loss, but many of us do not know where to start. That is where Jeff's Place comes in! Todd DeCruz has been gracious enough to share his story(aalaloalonalong with family pics) and how Jeff's place his helping him and his 2 young boys:
In August 2018, my two boys, Peter (age 13) and Brian (age 11), and I lost my wife of 21 years, Nicole, to advanced Stage 4 Cholangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancer. She passed at home in my arms almost a year to the day from the devastating diagnosis that came out of nowhere. As I struggled with the loss of my love, my best friend, my partner and the mother of my two amazing children I sought some guidance to help me and my boys process our grief. The hospice social worker had provided me with a few options and I reached out to Jeff’s Place just after the start of the school year.
In Jeff’s Place, my boys and I have found an invaluable forum to discuss and process our grief and loss. The wound is still so very fresh for us, yet a times can seem like lifetimes away. We opted not to have a formal funeral for my wife as that was something Nicole and I did not want to put the boys through at such a young age. Therefore, we haven’t had that traditional element of closure. That’s why I felt it was ever so important to find a forum for the boys to be able to express their feelings and start to process their grief in a healthy supportive way. Melissa and the team at Jeff’s place have been a godsend. Emotions ebb and flow and Jeff’s Place has been there for us over these last few trying months, including our first holiday season without Nicole.
Before she got sick, Nicole had taken up running. She was not a top finisher in her races, but found peace and a great deal of pride and satisfaction in her personal accomplishments as a runner. She ran in numerous Warrior Dash races, we did a few Color Runs as a family, and she ran in 5k, 10k and a couple of ½ marathon races for a stretch of about 7 years. She even got me out training and running some races over the years. Being a huge Disney fan, one of Nicole’s proudest moments of her life was completing the Disney Princess ½ Marathon in 2012. The look of exhaustion, pride and exhilaration on her face in the Zooma ½ Marathon photo speaks to me so much about her love of running. Therefore, when I heard about the opportunity for our family to help Tabitha’s Boston Marathon fund raising efforts for Jeff’s Place, it seemed like a perfect match. Please support Tabitha and Jeff’s Place by donating to such a worthy cause and helping families like mine find comfort and solace in our darkest hour of need.