Our “Miles & Memories” Boston Marathon Team

Congratulations and Thank You to our 2017 Boston Marathon Team

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Alex Ebling (top left), John Fleming (top right), Jared Huber (bottom left), and Tim O’Brien (bottom right)

What a fantastic Marathon Monday we had!

The blue skies and sunshine most definitely suited the mood as we cheered on the eight members of this year’s “Miles & Memories” Boston Marathon team: Alex Ebling, John Fleming, Jared Huber, Tim O’Brien, James O’Leary, Shane Richardson, John Shea, and Antonio Willis-Berry. After weeks of dedicated training, all eight 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 $131,000 for TCR—well above their $90,000 fundraising goal.

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James O’Leary (top left), Shane Richardson (top right), John Shea (bottom left), and Antonio WIllis-Berry (bottom right)



For the second year in a row, our team was fortunate enough to be coached by volunteers Crissy Straub and Malinda Dublin of MC Coaching. We are deeply 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.

Coach Crissy Straub

Coach Crissy Straub

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.

Coach Malinda Dublin

Coach Malinda Dublin

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

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.


You can read more below about what motivated each of our runners to run 26.2 miles for grieving children, teens, and families. If you have questions about joining or supporting our Boston Marathon team, please contact us at 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 ran 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, ran in honor of his students who are grieving. This was 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, ran 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 ran 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 ran 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 ran 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 ran in memory of his wife, Diane, and in honor of his daughters, Maeve and Luisa. This was 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 ran 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.