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Matt and I were together for 10 wonderful years - met in 1998, married in 2002, until his untimely death on November 15, 2008. We have two beautiful, healthy children - Jacob (born 5/04) and Sydney (born 5/07)... the most precious gifts he could have ever given me.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Worth a shot!

Gonna sound like a total hippie freak (that I am deep down), but bear with me for a minute... I think with everything that's going on right now- personally, nationally, globally, one of the most helpful things we can do starts in the quiet of our own space.

Instead of focusing on past conversations, how someone hurt us, all the crazy shit happening in the world, anticipating the next strife, what we or someone else could've/should've/would've said or done (because our minds naturally go there- we're human), let's try this instead:

With genuine intent, pray (or just wish if you don't pray) that everybody's hearts are filled with so much love that it doesn't leave any room for hate and anger. That everyone has patience, tolerance and empathy for each other and their unique selves and situations. That everyone's first response is borne of love and forethought and not a knee-jerk reaction. For themselves as well as others... That we always strive to do what is right and have common sense, and stay focused on the good. Peace and love in our hearts...

When I practice this, I instantly relax and become more calm. I would think it could result in better health- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually doing this on a regular basis. 

I'm posting this also as a reminder to myself to practice this regularly and refer back to it when I forget.

Let's all have a great day and a better tomorrow! 💗

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hello, 2017!

Happy New Year, Everyone!!

2016 was a very successful first full year as a Foundation, and our primary goal was achieved - to award two students who lost a parent with a $2,500 scholarship toward their college tuition. Thank you to everyone who was involved with that - Run for Row attendees, volunteers, our Board of Directors, and all the love from family, friends and strangers. This could not have been achieved without each and every one of you, and it's our hope that 2017 is just as successful!

The updated Scholarship Applications for 2017 will be accessible as of the beginning of February, and we will introduce them with a blog post.  Thank you for your patience!  

Some goals for this year:

* Develop an official website for The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation
* Add two additional members of our Board of Directors
* Meet and exceed donations for funding, and increase attendance for the 9th Annual Run for Row
* Reach more people in the Western New York area to not only provide them with the opportunity to apply for the scholarship, but to make sure they have access to any grief/peer support that might be helpful to them.

Wouldn't it be amazing if we had so many donations that we would be able to provide scholarships to even more high school students entering college?! <3 nbsp="" p="">
Let's all strive to have open minds, hearts, spreading love, and making 2017 a great year!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This Sunday!!!

Online registration for the 8th Annual Run For Row 5K has closed, but don't worry! If you didn't get a chance to register online, you can do it in person on the morning of the race!

This Sunday, August 14th at Como Park in Lancaster- race starts promptly at 10am, so give yourself enough time to register and join us for all the fun! ☀️
If you're not able to make it this Sunday and would still like to make a donation, you can send a check payable to The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation to P.O. Box 931, Buffalo, NY 14225.

This year, The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation has awarded a college scholarship to two local high school seniors in the amount of $2,500 each. In addition, we offered their remaining parent/guardian a paid registration to one of the Camp Widow® programs offered by Soaring Spirits International.

This is the first time we're able to award scholarships, so we are very eager to reach as many people as possible so we can continue doing so!

Please help spread the word by liking and sharing this post- just that simple act can make a difference. Thank you!


Join us for the 8th annual Run for Row 5K on Sunday,

August 14, 2016

LOCATION:       Como Lake Park, 2220 Como Park Blvd., Lancaster, NY 14086

REGISTRATION:    $25 pre-registration until August 1; $30 after deadline. Register through or come early and register the day of at the race. First 300 registered receive a high tech moisture wicking running shirt and other goodies in the swag bag.

START TIMES:     Registration and check in begin at 9 AM on race day. Race begins at 10 AM sharp.

POST RACE:      Known for having one of the best post race parties in town featuring Awards Ceremony, DJ Music, Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Chinese Auction, kids’ activities, great food, beer/ refreshments…

Not a runner? That’s OK! Come out and enjoy the day; $5 gets you all you can eat and drink! 

Proceeds fund The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation. 
This year’s scholarship recipients will be announced at the party! 

Run, walk, or just join in for the fun and support a great cause! 

Check us out on: (search “Run for Row”)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Run for Row 5K date...

This year's Run for Row 5K date is either going to be on Sunday, August 14 or Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Como Park in Lancaster, NY.  As soon as we have final confirmation of the date, we will post an update.  Please stay tuned!! =) 

Monday, April 4, 2016

8th Annual Run for Row 5K

The Run for Row is presently our only source of funds for The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation, so we also rely heavily on donations. Please consider making a donation either through our Go Fund Me page, or you can send a check to P.O. Box 931, Cheektowaga, NY 14225 payable to The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation. Every dollar goes to the scholarship awards.

The 2016 application period is now closed, and we are looking forward to reviewing all of the application packages we have received. We are excited to award two deserving students with a $2,500 scholarship each, but it will be so difficult to choose only two!

Please stay tuned for updates!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation

Here is the most recent post from the Foundation's blog - please check it out!

Things are getting exciting now - we have received several applications so far, and are expecting to receive more before the deadline in April!

It's heartbreaking to see these applications because it just confirms that these kids have lost one or both of their parents, but it gives us so much joy to be able at least give two of them a substantial scholarship award to help with college tuition.

It will be so difficult to choose only two recipients, but it's my hope that someday we can increase that number.

Check out the Foundation's blog post, and if you know someone eligible to apply, please pass the information along. If you or anyone you know are in a position to make a donation, we would be so very grateful!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

...and that's all I'll say about that.

I've taken away something very positive from any negative experiences I've had with relationships (of any kind) the last six or so years:

I will not beat myself up anymore for being "stupid" or "naive." I give people the benefit of the doubt to a fault. I do my best to communicate well and honestly. I know how to love. I mean, I'm doing my part. And I don't ever want to stop because I happen to think those are good qualities in a person.

I've come to the conclusion that no matter how many times I might end up disappointed, I'm still gonna be the person I want someone to be for me.