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John Shea running Marathon for TCR

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The Children’s Room (TCR) has announced that John Shea, a resident of Needham, has been selected to run the 2018 Boston Marathon to fundraise and promote awareness for TCR. This is the third year in a row that John has run on our Boston Marathon team. Based in Arlington, The Children’s Room is the leading nonprofit bereavement organization in Massachusetts dedicated to creating safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone.

“Each year our marathon team plays a crucial role in raising much-needed funds to support TCR’s programs and services for grieving children, teens, and families,” said TCR Philanthropy Director Kim Cayer. “We are deeply grateful to John for once again supporting The Children’s Room through such a deep commitment of his time and energy. We look forward to supporting him all the way to the finish line.”

John’s relationship with The Children’s Room began in 2013, when he and his two daughters began attending TCR’s peer support groups after the death of his wife, Diane. “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,” John shares.

When asked why they thought their dad ran to support The Children’s Room, his daughter Luisa quickly chimed in: “To give back because they helped us so much!”

Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, this is the ninth year in a row that TCR has received bib numbers for the Boston Marathon. Over the past eight years, TCR's marathon teams have raised over $656,000 to support The Children’s Room. Runners receive ongoing support from The Children’s Room in reaching their fundraising goals, and during their training, the team will be coached by Crissy Straub and Malinda Dublin of MC Coaching.

To support John and our other team members, visit

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