Prior to 2011, I was NOT a runner (in fact, I could not run more than one block), but one day I made a decision to run a marathon! In 2012, I ran the Boston Marathon, raising funds for my health care organization, aiming to promote my own health/fitness and that of our patients. Though that day was one of the hottest on record, I was able to dig into my internal strength and gain energy from the supportive crowds. Almost immediately after crossing the finish line, at age 42, I promised myself that I would run Boston again.... for my 50th birthday!
I considered several local and national charities, but there was no doubt that my fundraising efforts should go toward The Children's Room (www.childrensroom.org). This organization, located in Arlington, MA, is the leading independent, non-profit organization in Massachusetts “dedicated to creating safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen or family has to grieve alone." This past year, I visited The Children's Room and walked away immensely impressed by their dedication, ongoing efforts and the impact they have on the lives of children who have experienced a loss of loved one.
My mother died suddenly when I was 14 years of age. I was a teenage Russian immigrant, living in Brooklyn, NY, in the early 1980s....There was little support offered within our family unit and no resources outside. My grieving was solitary and healing has spanned decades.
As I celebrate my 50th birthday in May, I am honored to run the Boston Marathon on April 15th and raise funds for The Children's Room.
Thank you for supporting me and the grieving children, teens, and families being helped by this organization!