Our “Miles & Memories” Boston Marathon Team

Congratulations to our 2016 Boston Marathon Team!

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Top Row: John Shea (left), Deana Hickey; Middle Row: Kerri Conneely (left), John Fleming. Bottom Row: Cat Steckbeck (left), and Lauren Ruffing.

What a fantastic Marathon Monday we had!

The blue skies and sunshine most definitely suited the mood as we cheered on the six members of this year’s “Miles & Memories” Boston Marathon team: Kerri Conneely, John Fleming, Deana Hickey, Lauren Ruffing, John Shea, and Cat Steckbeck. After weeks of dedicated training, all six of our runners hit their race day stride and crossed the finish line after 26.2 miles!

We are deeply thankful to each of our runners, who collectively raised over $90,000 for TCR—well above their $85,000 fundraising goal.

As they have been for the past six years, this year’s bibs, or Boston Marathon numbers, were provided by the John Hancock Marathon Nonprofit Program. During that time, our marathon teams have raised over $523,000 for TCR. We extend a warm thank you to John Hancock for continuing to provide TCR with such a powerful way to connect our mission with one of Boston’s signature events.

This year, for the first time, our team was fortunate enough to be coached by volunteers Crissy Straub and Malinda Dublin of Run MC Coaching. We are grateful for Crissy and Malinda’s commitment to helping our runners to train for their best race and to define their own personal successes throughout this process.

Crissy summed up the TCR Boston Marathon experience beautifully: “Running the actual marathon is just a small part of what makes the Boston Marathon so special to me. It’s the excitement leading up it. It’s the positivity of the runners, volunteers, and spectators. It’s the bringing together of an amazing city, and it’s the opportunity to be inspired by so many people,” she said. “This year was extra special for me, in that it was an honor to kick off our new coaching business by helping the TCR team get to the finish line, and getting to know some amazing people. I feel rewarded.”

Thank you again to each of our runners and our coaches, and thank you to everyone who supported our runners’ efforts on behalf of TCR.

Race Day Photos

If you would like to see more pictures from race day, be sure to visit our full album of photos on Facebook.

Meet Our 2016 Boston Marathon Team

On Crowdrise (the official fundraising partner of the Boston Marathon), you can read about what inspired each of them to run 26.2 miles for grieving children, teens, and families. Click on a runner’s name to read their story and make a donation!


Kerri Conneely

Kerri ran in memory of family members and friends who have died, and because she wanted to support her community after her husband, Martin, survived cancer.

TCR was a place we knew we wanted to help prosper, to continue their journey for supporting grieving children.

John Fleming

John FlemingJohn, a teacher, ran to ensure the grief support resources available to his students and his fellow community members in their time of need.

As a teacher at Winchester High School, I have seen a tremendous amount of loss during the last few years—students, siblings of current students, recent graduates, and parents of students. While the community has grieved over these losses together, the families who have lost a loved one need more support. For many grieving families in Winchester and surrounding towns, that support has come from The Children’s Room.”

Deana Hickey

Deana_CROPDeana ran in memory of her husband, Sean. This was her 3rd year running the Boston Marathon for TCR.

I knew TCR would be a place where we would be understood without words, a place where you could cry, be angry, vent—and believe it or not—laugh! A place where everyone just ‘gets’ you the way you are. It has been so beneficial for me and most importantly my children, who get to interact with other children who have suffered the same devastating loss.”

Lauren Ruffing

LaurenLauren ran in memory of her mother. This was her 2nd year running the Boston Marathon for TCR.

I’m running my second Boston Marathon to thank her. On any run I want to quit, I remind myself that she never gave up, not once, and she did that for me and for her family.

John Shea

John SheaJohn ran in memory of his wife, Diane.

The Children’s room has helped us to support each other as a family, find ways for us to honor Diane and keep her memory alive. The Children’s Room has also given the girls and me the opportunity to connect with and make friends with other families like our own.”

Cat Steckbeck

Cat SteckbeckCat ran in memory of her mother, Virginia.

“I know my mom would have been my biggest supporter with signs and boisterous cheering. Running the Marathon in her name is also significantly meaningful to me. But most importantly, I am running this marathon for The Children’s Room. To raise money and awareness for something so close to my own heart, to keep this nonprofit organization alive and expand it to help others the way it helped me nine years ago.


If you have any questions about supporting our Marathon Team, please contact Becca at marathon@childrensroom.org or 781-641-4741 x334.