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For participating in The 2021 ASICS Falmouth Road Race

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My Story…

Losing your mom is never easy, but it is especially hard when you are young. Even though it’s been 17 years since my mom passed away, some Mother’s Days are still hard. This past year, I came across empowerHER’s Luminaria project, and my sore heart softened. I read more about empowerHER's work and was immediately drawn in by their peer support model and mentor program which matches girls and young women with positive role models from the community to help remind them they are not alone in their grief and that loss is survivable. I’m a huge believer in the power of mentoring, especially for young women, and was inspired to join the Falmouth Road Race team to support empowerHER’s important work. As I train for the race, I’ll be holding close to my heart all of those who have lost their moms too soon. I really appreciate your support and hope you’ll learn more about this organization.


empowerHER® was formed in 2013 with a very specific mission—to empower, support and connect girls and young women up to age 24 who have experienced the loss of their mothers. empowerHER® is a supportive and inclusive community that offers year-round EVENTS for GIRLS that provides peer support and reminds girls they are not alone in their grief. Our MENTOR PROGRAM matches girls and young women with positive role models from the community to show “loss is survivable.”

Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Jun 18 Tonja Mettlach Go, Raija! $109.85
Jun 17 Anonymous <3 $55.35
Jun 16 Andrea Naumann Good luck Raija!! $28.10
Jun 16 Michelle Prior Run Raija, run ! $28.10
Jun 16 Susan Raija, thank you for sharing your story and for giving your friends the opportunity to support this important work! Undisclosed amount
Jun 09 Dan Hoak Good luck Raija! $55.35
Jun 09 Myles Go Auntie Raija, go! $109.85
Jun 09 Abby Bliss Your purpose and resolve are inspiring, Rai. Go get 'em! $55.35
Jun 08 Anthony Britt Wishing you a terrific run, Raija! Such a powerful, significant cause that touches the lives of many. Thank you for spreading awareness. $55.35
Jun 08 Betsy, Paul, Lukas & Dex Such an inspiring cause! Go get 'em! Undisclosed amount