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. Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, TCR was awarded 6 bibs for the 2020 Boston Marathon.  

We’re proud to introduce our 2020 Miles & Memories Team!

Our Boston Marathon runners, each have a unique story full of personal connections to TCR and strong motivations for running:

Fraser Collin will be running for The Children’s Room in memory of his wife, Katie, and in honor his children James, Maisie, Micaela and Hadley. Fraser and his children are currently participating in peer support groups at The Children’s Room. After the sudden death of his wife Katie, Fraser is grateful that his children have a sense of comfort being around others their age who have experienced the tragic loss of a parent.

Maria Duffy  will be running the marathon in memory of her mother, Paula, who died of breast cancer in 2010. Nine years later, Maria landed at The Children’s Room as their Annual Giving Manager. Maria understands that grief is a life-long process and wholeheartedly believes in The Children’s Room mission that no child, teen or family grieve alone.

Maritza Ebling will be running for The Children’s Room in memory of her cousin, Sophia, who died of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood at just a year old. Sophia and her older sister Isabelle are part of Maritza’s close-knit family and all were devastated by this loss. Isabelle and her parents came to The Children’s Room to participate in peer support groups which proved invaluable for their family. Isabelle found solace with other children who could truly understand what it meant to lose a sibling.  She could talk about her little sister and be heard, supported and accepted.

Mike Haroz will be running for The Children’s Room in memory of his granddaughter, Noa, who was stillborn just three short weeks before she was due. Peer support groups at The Children’s Room have helped Mike’s daughter, Emily, and her family deal with this inexplicable loss. In particular, Noa’s sisters, Maddie and Ellie, who are coping with the fact that their new baby sister did not come home from the hospital. At 74 years old, Mike has run 20 marathons and did not expect that he would run 21.

Jennifer O’Brien will be running in memory of her husband, Webster, her brother, Daniel, and in honor of her two children, Bennett and Winter. Jennifer and Webster started supporting The Children’s Room nearly a decade ago after witnessing the amazing support our services provided to close family friends. And after having Bennett survive leukemia as a young child, they could imagine all too well the devastating effects of losing a child. Jennifer’s connection to The Children’s Room became very personal after Webster died in November 2015 and she took part in the Parenting While Grieving group in the spring of 2016. Jennifer has deepened her commitment to The Children’s Room by joining the Board of Directors.

John Shea will be running the marathon for the fifth year in a row, in memory of his wife, Diane, and in honor of his two daughters, Maeve and Luisa. John’s relationship with The Children’s Room began in 2013, when Diane died of cancer. John has said that marathon weekend is the new favorite holiday in the Shea household because of the memories, excitement and community it brings to when John runs for The Children’s Room.

We would also like to thank qualified runner Matt Hillard who will be fundraising on behalf of The Children’s Room for the 2020 Boston Marathon.


Warm thanks to Advisory Board Member, Crissy Straub, and her running partner, Malinda Dublin, of 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.

We are incredibly grateful to the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for granting us bibs for the tenth year in a row.

To support our Boston Marathon team, please click here to visit our page on Crowdrise.