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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 07 The Wilkinson Family Undisclosed amount
Jun 07 Julia Sandy Love you, Raija! You’re always doing good in the world! $55.35
Jun 07 The Stevens Family Go Raija go! Amazing cause! $109.85
Jun 07 Kaitlyn Bean $55.35
Jun 07 Jesy Payne Love you Cuz! <3 We may not talk much but you are never far from my mind. $11.75
Jun 07 Christine Williams $55.35
Jun 07 Jason Zip Good Luck Raija! $55.35
Jun 07 Ken & Sally $109.85
Jun 06 Raija Vaisanen $109.85