It wasn't my plan to run the Boston Marthon again this year. Last year on this page, I asked the question "Why run Boston?" I had plenty of reasons then - for starters, I ran for my husband Webster, who died in 2015, and our 2 amazing kids. But then, sadly, my list of reasons got even longer, and I knew I wanted to run again.
Just a few weeks after the marathon last year, my brother Daniel entered Hospice, having been diagnosed with cancer less than two years before. He passed away less than two weeks later with his 3 children and many close friends with him.
And within days of Daniel's death, I was diagnosed wtih stage 1 breast cancer. Eventhough my situation was totally treatable, my children and thier cousins had to face the scary reality of another family member going through surgeries and chemotherapy.
Between my brother, my sister, and me, there are 7 children. And now, 5 of those 7 have lost a father and an uncle, and the other two have lost 2 uncles. Is there any better reason to be running to support an organizaiton as vital as The Children's Room?
I am so proud to be running to support the wonderful work of The Chlidren's Room - an organization that Webster first made a financial commitment to years before our own family had need of the supportive community in the yellow house on the hill.
When we first became donors, our family was already close with another family that had suffered major losses. And we could see for ourselves the hugely possitive impact The Children's Room had on thier lives. Last year, I was honored to join The Children's Room board - and now I am thankfull that I have been granted a bib number for the second time. I am thankful that I can help out this way, and I am equally thankful that TCR is entrusting me with this effort given my own health issues this past year.
So you can see that I have plenty of reasons to hit the road as part of The Children's Room 2020 marathon team.
Please help us support The Children's Room with your donation! Knowing that I have all you backing me will help me up and over Hearthbreak Hill - and will help make sure that no child has to grieve alone.