Our “Miles & Memories” Boston Marathon Team

Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, TCR has selected six dedicated individuals to run the 2018 Boston Marathon 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.

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 eight years, our marathon teams have raised over $656,000 for The Children’s Room!


Meet Our 2018 Boston Marathon Team

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

Becca Braun

Becca runs in memory of her husband, John.

“The year after John died, we came east for several months and I participated in a class at The Children’s Room called Parenting While Grieving. Sitting in a room with a bunch of bewildered widowed parents–my people!–was healing. The stories, the questions, the knowing nods, laughs and tears we shared made me feel less lonely and apart, gave me new strategies, helped me breathe again. My daughter, Rosie, later participated in a school-based peer group run by The Children’s Room, and I know it strengthened her.

Meghan Murphy

Meghan runs in honor of the support her fellow social workers and community members receive from The Children’s Room.

“In recent years, The Children’s Room and the Chelsea club have collaborated in the running of programs and support groups. These groups have provided critical support and guidance to the families. Their contributions to the work we as social workers do is simply invaluable. It is for these reasons that I have dedicated my upcoming run of the Boston Marathon to The Children’s Room.”

Tim O’Brien

Tim runs in memory of his wife, Keri. This is his second year running the Boston Marathon for The Children’s Room.

“Following the unexpected death of my wife Keri in November 2015, the communities and programs at TCR have been enormously helpful to me and my kids. Our peer groups and the trained facilitators have been there every step of the way as we continue to get back on our feet.

Paudie O’Connor

Paudie runs in memory of his son, Harry.

“As a family we have found a resource to help us through this very difficult time. We stumbled across The Children’s Room who provide an amazing service for families in our situation where you can simply go to talk or hang out. Charlie and Ellen, our teenagers, attend a weekly teen group and they find it very useful. Joe, our 11 year old, attends every second Sunday with all of us.

John Shea

John runs in memory of his wife, Diane, and in honor of his daughters, Maeve and Luisa. This is his third year running the Boston Marathon for The Children’s Room.

“We are grateful for our family and friends AND The Children’s Room for helping us learn to live each day to the fullest, to help us get through some challenging days, and most of all for helping us to keep Diane’s memory alive.”

Lindsay Shelton

Lindsay runs in memory of her uncle and in honor of her cousins and aunt, who were served at The Children’s Room.

“The Children’s Room became a haven for my cousins and aunt; a place where they could begin to cope and experience their grief with people who had gone through similar losses. My family and I so appreciate the services provided to children and their parents by The Children’s Room.”

Michele Walters

Michele runs in memory of her mother and in honor of her friend, a runner, who volunteers at The Children’s Room.

“I recently had the opportunity to visit The Children’s Room, meet the staff and some of the volunteers, and learn more about the organization. The people who staff the center are wonderful – kind, caring, empathetic people who just seem to get it and draw on a wealth of experience to offer extraordinary care to children and families in great need.”





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