April 2016 Newsletter
Congratulations to our 2016
"Miles & Memories" Boston Marathon Team!

Top Row: John Shea (left) and Deana Hickey; Middle Row: Kerri Conneely (left) and John Fleming; Bottom Row: Cat Steckbeck (left) and Lauren Ruffing.

We are so proud of six members of this year's "Miles & Memories" Boston Marathon team: Kerri Conneely, John Fleming, Deana Hickey, Lauren Ruffing, John Shea, and Cat Steckbeck. All six runners crossed the finish line on Marathon Monday!

Collectively our 2016 marathon team raised over $90,000 to support TCR. That's $5,000 above their $85,000 fundraising goal!

We're so grateful to each of our runners and to our two volunteer coaches, Crissy Straub and Malinda Dublin of Run MC Coaching, for their commitment to grieving children, teens, and families.

Click here or to read more about our team's Marathon Monday experience on our website.

Click here to see race day photos on our Facebook page!

Happy One Year TCR Anniversary, Nicole! 

April 15, 2016, marked the completion of Nicole Campbell's first year on staff as our office manager. We couldn't be happier to celebrate all that she's done in that time to help strengthen our organization. 

Congratulations on your one year TCR Anniversary, Nicole! We're so happy you're here!

Please click here to read more about what makes Nicole such a special part of our TCR team.

Upcoming! Teen Photography Workshop and Resiliency Panel Discussion For Teens

Teen Photography Workshop: Life Through My Lens

Saturday, May 14
10 am to 5:15 pm

Everyone sees and experiences losses through their own unique lens. Teens will join together in a free, daylong workshop to find and express their views on life and loss, captured through the lens of a camera.

Steve Osemwenkhae
Participants will visit Community Art Center and be guided by professional photographer Steve Osemwenkhae through the use of photographic equipment and techniques.

Teens will have the opportunity to connect with others, explore and photograph in the Cambridge community, and to use photo-enhancing software. 

Teens, ages 13 to 18 years old, who have ever experienced the death of a parent or sibling are welcome.

Registration is required to attend. Don't delay! Registrations will be accepted on a limited, first-come first-served basis with a deadline of Friday, May 6, 2016.

If you have any difficulty registering, please contact Christine at 781-641-4741, ext. 214.

. . .  AND, be sure to SAVE THE DATE!

We're hosting a special Resiliency Panel Discussion for Teens on June 11th!

Please plan to join us for this special, bring-a-friend, Teen Program event!

Teens will have the opportunity to interact with a panel of young adults. Hear how they navigated adolescence and then branched into young adulthood, while also managing grief surrounding a past loss. Play a part in the discussion by brainstorming anonymous questions to ask the panel!  

This unique event will include the option for the TCR teens to invite a supportive friend!

In case you missed it, April is National Volunteer Month, and President Obama formally declared April 10 through April 16 National Volunteer Week

We send heartfelt thanks to each of our volunteers, who contribute to TCR in so many different ways. Every day volunteers help us fulfill our mission of creating safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone. We could never do our work without their generous choice to give of their time and talents. 

Thank you, volunteers!

Dear Siblings:
You Are Not Alone
Community Tours
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Please remember to support TCR when you shop on Amazon!

A portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to TCR when you shop through smile.amazon.com.

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Umbrellas For Peace

Thank you so much to our partners at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute for collaborating with us on this April's Umbrellas For Peace workshop series for families and individuals who are survivors of victims of homicide. 

Over the course of three workshop sessions, survivors gathered at the Peace Institute to paint umbrellas with words and images memorializing those who have died and sharing messages of peace.

They will carry these umbrellas as a powerful symbol of unity and courage at the Peace Institute's 20th Annual Mother's Day Walk For Peace on May 8.

Our Heartfelt Thanks
Thank you for your support, and thanks to the following people for some special, recent donations.

Tilly (left) and her six-month-old puppy, Otis, visited TCR on April 15!
On April 15, we had some very special visitors at our center . . . and what a story these dogs have to tell! This winter, Tilly (wearing her pearls!) had 9 puppies in a beautiful range of black, apricot, and red. Tilly's generous owners found eight of the puppies loving homes, while Otis, who is almost six months old, stayed with mom. In lieu of adoption fees, their owners accepted money to give to TCR as a gift in memory of Arlington teen Catherine Malatesta. We are so inspired by the creative way that Tilly, Otis, and their owners honored Catherine's memory, and we're grateful for their support of TCR. Thank you so much for coming by our center!

Tilly with her full litter of puppies (December 2015) 

The Children's Room has partnered with Donate for Charity to make it fast and easy to donate your old vehicle to TCR. Your vehicle will be picked up - free of charge! - from anywhere and TCR will receive a donation in the amount of the vehicle's value.
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