I wanted to add some words my sister, Kristen, sent regarding the Great Strides Walk:
“What an amazing day we had walking in memory of Marisa and Wellesley! I loved being a part of it. It was neat that even one of Wellesley's friends was with us, and a family that Marisa was a nanny for. I had the chance to meet one of Anne's (Marisa's mom) friends who came to show her support, and she told me that she regrets not knowing Marisa better, but how she loves to be around Anne and ‘soak up her light.’ I told her, that's exactly how we all felt about Marisa.
There was a definite sense of ‘emptiness’ while we all gathered again, this time, to walk in honor of Marisa & Wellesley. But I know how thrilled Marisa would be to know we raised more than triple our original team goal and that we were doing it for her, except she wouldn't have wanted us to go to the trouble. I think it's important to note that Scott's original fundraising goal was only $500, then he upped it to $1,000 thinking even that was a bit lofty. Thanks to you all, he finished with over $3,000! A big heartfelt thank you to all of you who donated, despite being strangers to the cause.
This was a small way for us to honor her and acknowledge the impact she has had on each of our lives. So THANK YOU for making that happen!”
Again, from the bottom of all of our hearts… thank you.