Our “Miles & Memories” Boston Marathon Team

Thank You, John Hancock

Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, TCR has 6 bibs for the 2016 Boston Marathon. We have selected 6 energetic, committed individuals to run and fundraise to support TCR’s hope-giving programs.

Each year our Marathon Team plays a crucial role in raising much-needed funds to support TCR’s services for grieving children, teens, and families. Runners receive ongoing support from The Children’s Room in reaching their fundraising goals.

Over the past six years our marathon team has raised over $433,800 for The Children’s Room!

Looking for inspiration?

Take a look at our 2016 Miles & Memories Team and read what inspired them to run 26.2 miles for grieving children, teens, and families.

Meet Our 2016 Boston Marathon Team

Each runner has a personal fundraising page on the website Crowdrise (the official online fundraising partner of the Boston Marathon). Click on a runner’s name to read their story.

Kerri Conneely

Kerri Conneely

Kerri runs 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, runs 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

DeanaDeana runs in memory of her husband, Sean. This is 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 runs in memory of her mother. This is 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 runs 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 runs in memory of her mother.

“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.