Our “Miles & Memories” Boston Marathon Team

Thank you, John Hancock

Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, this is the eighth year that TCR has received bib numbers for the Boston Marathon.

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.

Thank you to MC Coaching for once again volunteering their services to help train and guide our runners from the beginning of the process all the way through to race day.

Over the past seven years, our marathon teams have raised over $525,000 for The Children’s Room!

Already have a bib number?

You can still join TCR’s Miles & Memories Marathon Team! Running the Boston Marathon is already an incredible experience – make it even more meaningful by supporting grieving families while you prepare to cross the finish line.

Be a part of TCR events leading up to the 2017 Marathon and train alongside fellow TCR teammates. Many of TCR’s runners in the past have found it meaningful to run in memory or honor of someone special to them.

If you already have a bib and are interested in joining TCR’s 2017 Marathon Team, please contact marathon@childrensroom.org or 781-641-4741, x334.

Our 2017 Boston Marathon Team

Click each name to visit Crowdrise (the official fundraising partner of the Boston Marathon), where you can read more about what inspired each of our team members to run 26.2 miles for grieving children, teens, and families. 

Alex Ebling

alexander-eblingAlex runs runs in memory of his cousin, Sophia.

“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to run the marathon, and it is truly an honor to be able to run for The Children’s Room in honor of my aunt, uncle, Isabelle, and particularly Sophia.

 John Fleming

john-fleming-cropJohn, a teacher, runs in honor of his students who are grieving. This is his second year running the Boston Marathon for TCR.

“I have seen the tremendous support that TCR offers grieving families. Our WHS community has had a lot of loss over the past few years and I know many of the families that go to TCR. They all talk about how beneficial the programming and staff supports are for their families.” 

Jared Huber

jared-huber-headshot-2Jared, a teacher, runs in honor of his students who are grieving.

“TCR has been a tremendous help to many people I know at the high school, and I am continuously amazed by the support they have offered in trying times. This seems like a small way that I can help support them in the important and meaningful work they do for the surrounding communities.

Tim O’Brien

tim-obrienTim runs in memory of his wife, Keri.

“Several months ago, while out on a run, I was reflecting on how valuable TCR has been and continues to be in my family’s healing process. And I realized that I wanted to do something to pay it forward, to make sure that TCR can continue to do its important work.

James O’Leary


James runs in memory of his mom.

“To experience the loss of a parent or a sibling is a terrible thing for a child. Having a safe place to open up and express their feelings begins a long road to dealing with their loss.

Shane Richardson

shane-richardsonShane runs in memory of his friend’s wife, Susanne Pomakis.

“I run for Jim, James, May and in memory of Susanne (Mulvehill) Pomakis. And I run for all those families seeking the help of professionals dedicated to grief support.

John Shea

john-shea-2016John runs in memory of his wife, Diane, and in honor of his daughters, Maeve and Luisa. This is his second year running the Boston Marathon for TCR.

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.”

Antonio Willis-Berry

antonio-willis-berryAntonio runs in memory of his aunt, and because his work with college students reminds him how important grief support services are for young people.

“I’m running on behalf of all those younger versions of myself who were unable to understand how someone so precious could be taken from the world. I’m planning to run for those who are or were unable to find support services similar to the services offered by The Children’s Room, to assist with the grieving process.


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