If true peace is to be achieved it will be up to my generation, regardless of which side of the streets they come from." --LDB
This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. It is hard to believe that we have made it this far. This year marks Louis’ 41st birthday (April 13th). Our family’s fundraising goal is $2,400 in honor of 24 years of the walk. We invite you to join us and make an investment to LDB Walks With Me fundraising page. You can also set up your own walk team page, and/or make an investment to one of the many other teams.
Every year in the United States, approximately 15,000 people are murdered. For every homicide victim, there are at least 10 immediate people directly impacted by that loss. It is safe to say each year there are at least 150,000 new survivors of homicide victims dealing with the emotional, physical and financial stress of losing a loved one to a traumatic death such as murder. This is not including extended family members, classmates/colleagues, teachers/students or entire communities. Nor does this number include families who are impacted by a loved one committing a murder. Together, we can heal and have an impact.
The Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace started in 1996 so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors. Twenty-four years later, the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace continues to be a powerful way to honor our loved ones who have been murdered and embrace our partners in peacemaking. The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is also the Peace Institute’s largest fundraising event. We hope you will help us raise our goal of $400,000. This way toward healing!
Important COVID-19 Pandemic Update:
The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace will still take place, as a virtual walkathon. While we may not be able to gather physically on Mother’s Day, you have proven year after year how deeply you care about the communities we serve -- Survivors of Homicide Victims, their families, and neighbors. Your help ensures that the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s critical services, advocacy and training continue to meet the immediate and evolving needs of survivors. When you reach your goal it ensures that the Peace Institute has the financial resources necessary to transform society’s response to homicide during this unprecedented crisis.
Registration cost this year is $20 per person, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Registration fees go to help us reach our goal of $400,000 to sustain our services, advocacy and training.
|Jennifer Marves||07/27/2020||$1,000.00||Robin L. Galvin||07/13/2020||$50.00||Phyllis M. Phillip||07/13/2020||$25.00||Donna Reizovic||06/22/2020||$50.00||Lucille Beliss||06/22/2020||$25.00||Winifred A. Pickett||06/22/2020||$50.00||Julia Thompson||06/16/2020||$100.00||Julia Thompson||06/15/2020||$103.30||Giles Li||06/15/2020||$150.00||Kimberly Haskins||06/15/2020||$450.00||Julia Thompson||06/02/2020||$100.00||Eve Odiorne Sullivan||06/02/2020||$20.00||Lyn Levy||06/02/2020||$200.00||Anonymous||05/27/2020||$80.00||Deena Zakim||05/22/2020||$118.00||May Zoila's memory be a blessing. Thinking of you and your family.||Graves Family Fund||05/22/2020||$350.00||Gloria Phillip||05/22/2020||$200.00||Alina G. Castillo||05/22/2020||$50.00||Cindy Diggs||05/18/2020||$79.00||79 Purple Roses for my Peace Institute family in memory of Nana Zoila. You will remain in our hearts and our footsteps as we continue to walk in peace. Love, The Peace Commissioner Peace Boston||Cindy Diggs||05/18/2020||$79.00||To my dear friend and mentor Tina, her sisters Julia and Betty and all of their families, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Nana. She was an amazing woman and will be remembered as the kind, caring person that is personified in all of you. Love Always, Cindy||Ann Haaser||05/18/2020||$40.00||In memory of lovely Zoila||Catherine Fine||05/18/2020||$50.00||Mark Scott||05/18/2020||$26.00||Thanks for coming to Boston.||Laura Maltby||05/18/2020||$100.00||Kaine Nicholas||05/17/2020||$500.00||Bob and Caryl Donovan||05/17/2020||$50.00||Heard what a beautiful person Zoila was from our daughter Bethany who worked with Zoila in the sicu||Gary Buseck||05/15/2020||$100.00||Hermina Peters||05/15/2020||$150.00||Natalie Fritz Austrian||05/15/2020||$100.00||Deborah Wheatley||05/13/2020||$100.00||God Bless my hero, mentor and most of all my friend||Bethany Bauer||05/12/2020||$50.00||I had the privilege of working with Zoila in the sicu for many years. She was an amazing person, we were all better for knowing her.||Donna Wald||05/12/2020||$25.00||Kelly Bates||05/12/2020||$50.00||Mr. & Mrs. Smart||05/12/2020||$50.00||Nana, I just ran into you and aunty Julia last month... if I knew that was gonna be the last time I saw you, I would have brought the spare ribs (inside). Heaven is so much better now that you are there. Rest Easy!||Thomas A. Gannon||05/12/2020||$100.00||Rachel Fagen||05/11/2020||$250.00||Erin Cuddy||05/11/2020||$100.00||Janet Orf||05/10/2020||$100.00||Elizabeth Dill||05/10/2020||$50.00||May she rest in peace. So sorry for your loss.||Kayla Delsoin||05/10/2020||$50.00||Today, I chose to lead with love||Kim Chagnon||05/10/2020||$100.00||Marcia Hulley||05/10/2020||$18.00||Margaret Evans||05/10/2020||$20.00||Thinking of Zoila today as her amazing daughter Tina and her team carry on the mission of the LDB Peace Institute. Love and Healing for all!||Margarita Johnson||05/10/2020||$50.00||Jeffrey Borgard||05/10/2020||$100.00||Jennifer Nugent||05/10/2020||$50.00||In memory of Zoila and in memory of Bryan Levine.||Jessica and Bruce Ridge||05/10/2020||$75.00||In honor of our Moms Juliet and Carol||Theresa Latson||05/10/2020||$50.00||I pray that you reach your goal this year. I'm going to miss Ms. Zoila. Peace and Love!!!||Maureen Hanley||05/10/2020||$250.00||Eric Esteves||05/10/2020||$250.00||On behalf of the Lenny Zakim Fund board and staff.||Eve Chayes Lyman||05/10/2020||$25.00||In honor of your mother your son, and more than anything YOUR courage and love||Gail Granville||05/10/2020||$25.00||Julia Mejia||05/09/2020||$60.00||Kelly Matthews||05/09/2020||$20.00||Darlene Lombos||05/09/2020||$20.00||Tricia Brennan||05/09/2020||$20.00||Alethea Pratt||05/09/2020||$50.00||In loving memory of Zoila||Julie Balasalle||05/09/2020||$25.00||Donna Dixon||05/09/2020||$100.00||Forever in my heart ❤️||Stacey Attanasio||05/09/2020||$30.00||For my Grams that I lost to COVID 4/30/20 and all those lost to violence in Boston! God Bless||David Waters||05/09/2020||$50.00||In honor of Tina Chery with heartfelt condolences||Candelaria Silva-Collins||05/09/2020||$25.00||Pamela Leins||05/09/2020||$50.00||Alfredo Steward||05/09/2020||$50.00||Darlene Lombos||05/09/2020||$230.00||Kelly Matthews||05/09/2020||$50.00||Judith Graham||05/09/2020||$50.00||Melanie Brown||05/08/2020||$20.00||Anonymous Friend||05/08/2020||$50.00||Peter P Coghlan||05/08/2020||$250.00||Joyce Zakim||05/08/2020||$100.00||In memory of Zoila||Kathy Peltier||05/08/2020||$50.00||In honor of Zoila. I had the pleasure of working with her for many years at BMC. Her smile and kindness were contagious. May she rest in heavenly peace.||Jacques Jean||05/08/2020||$200.00||In memory of Zoila!||Leslie Middleton||05/08/2020||$20.00||Blessings and continue your program, until the violence of our family cease to exist.||Janice Johnson||05/08/2020||$50.00||In memory of Nana. I’m fighting through tears writing this message. What a beautiful and humble a women. Her smile, her hugs and her soothing accent will always be forever in my heart||Broderick Whitaker||05/08/2020||$50.00||Lindsay Ralston||05/08/2020||$25.00||Michael Jacoby Brown||05/08/2020||$100.00||Gabriel Hedemann||05/08/2020||$50.00||Colleen Squires||05/08/2020||$100.00||Karen Joyce||05/08/2020||$50.00||From Karen Joyce and Ann Labbe in honor of our friend Zoila. Had the pleasure of working with her in the SICU. She will be missed.||The Children's Room||05/08/2020||$100.00||Your friends & colleagues from The Children's Room were so sorry to hear about "Nana". May her memory be a blessing.||Jeannie Hanlon||05/08/2020||$50.00||In memory of Zoila, a woman with a kind soul who cared for so many at BMC. I was blessed to have known her and worked with her. Rest in Peace||Portia Williams||05/08/2020||$50.00||In honor of Ms. Zoila a friend that always included me in her life. She will always be in my heart with Joy and love. Our Father has a Jewel.||STEVE HAWKESWORTH||05/08/2020||$50.00||Genna McManus||05/08/2020||$50.00||I will always cherish the years I worked with Zoila in the SICU. I looked forward to the scrubs she would make for us on every holiday. I will miss her big smile and heart. Sending lots of love to her family during this difficult time. Genna McManus||Suzi Kaitz||05/08/2020||$150.00||In memory of Zoila Weddborn, and in honor of all the wonder and goodness she brought into this world. May her memory be a blessing to those who knew and loved her and inspire those who will hear about her. Sending love to Tina and family.||Paula Spies||05/08/2020||$60.00||Our prayers and thoughts are with your entire family - Paula, Beth, and Elizabeth||Lorna Flowers-Miller||05/08/2020||$80.00||In honor of Mrs. Zoila!||Shella Vetiac||05/08/2020||$75.00||Through your nephew I've learned so much about all you do in honor of your son. God bless you!||Virginia Benzan||05/08/2020||$25.00||In honor of Jenn Carter||Lawrence L’Italien||05/08/2020||$200.00||I always looked forward to seeing Zoila at First Parish and was excited to going to Honduras with her this summer with Habitat for Humanity. I’ll remember always her welcoming.||Susan Pritchard||05/08/2020||$25.00||Thank you for all the years you have been walking. I am donating in honor of your Grandmother. Peace.||Carol and Emanuele Genovese||05/08/2020||$50.00||Sending love and prayers for Tina ,Alexandra and their whole family and the Peace Institute staff and friends on the death of Tina's Mom May God hold you all in comfort ,peace and love .She must be so proud of you all .||Trystin Johnson||05/08/2020||$100.00||Norma Hie||05/08/2020||$100.00||sending my love and prayers to the family From Franceen Johnson||Christina Stone||05/08/2020||$100.00||Rest In Peace Zoila, thank you for being such a dear friend to my Mom (Donna Dixon) and for being such a dedicated nurse for so many years.||Thomas Convery||05/07/2020||$100.00||Keep up the good work!||Alejandra StGuillen||05/07/2020||$250.00||Mallory Hanora||05/07/2020||$100.00||In loving memory of Zoila. In gratitude for Louis’ legacy. And with so much love and respect and celebration for the peacemaking your family leads!||Chardline Chanel||05/07/2020||$50.00||Seeing Nana at City Hall was the highlight of my days. Some days she wouldn’t remember me from back in the day but when I reminded her, she treated me like family. She had the same light I missed in my grandma. Warm, funny and comforting. She will be missed and is joining the league of Super Nana’s. Much love, family ❤️.||Lydia Rodman||05/07/2020||$50.00||In honor of your mother, your whole family, for all that you do for so many.☮️||Sandra Cotterell||05/07/2020||$100.00||In loving memory of your mother||Alfrida Woodson||05/07/2020||$50.00||thanks for being a support system for all sending prayers and condolences||Erica Barbosa||05/07/2020||$100.00||Ana Sandoval||05/07/2020||$100.00||It’s very difficult to express my sadness to a painful reality. I will always keep dona Zoila in my heart. I love you all. Ana Julia.||Anita Coleman-Coleman||05/07/2020||$20.00||For my sister Pamela Jordan who went home May 5th, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. RIP Baby Sister. I love you||Natalie Gill-Mensah||05/07/2020||$80.00||In honor of her years in this world with us. God bless you all.||Lino Solis||05/07/2020||$100.00||God bless your beautiful mother and family. We are here with you.||Eileen Reynolds||05/06/2020||$20.00||Julia Thompson||05/06/2020||$200.00||In honor of our mother and nana Zoila Weddborn. Who will be missing her first Mother's Day Walk for Peace, although virtual this year, she looked forward every year to joyfully walking with all, rain or sun, representing all grandmother's and those who could not fisically participate. Currently at BMC critical unit, where she worked for 40+ years until her retirement. Being lovingly cared for by friends and co-workers whom she love. Much love to all and we hope to see thousands and thousands participating.||Maria Dominguez Gray||05/05/2020||$75.00||Thank you for the light you carry for all of us.||Jessica Ridge||05/04/2020||$50.00||Tricia Brennan||05/03/2020||$30.00||In memory of Louis, in honor of his family and all peace warriors.||Marisa Luse||05/03/2020||$100.00||In memory of Herman Taylor III||Toy Burton||05/02/2020||$25.00||In memory of my stepson Chaz Burton.||Carolyn Edwards||05/02/2020||$25.00||Thank you for your incredible strength and commitment to the community||Wendy Cook||05/01/2020||$100.00||Cindy Diggs||04/28/2020||$60.00||Thank you to my Peace Institute family for providing services and hope for so many families including my own for the past 24 years! "We gon' be alright!"||Paulette Bowes||04/28/2020||$100.00||Elizabeth De Lima||04/11/2020||$20.00||Elizabeth De Lima||04/11/2020||$300.00||Julia Thompson||04/10/2020||$200.00||Always keeping hope and faith alive.||Christine Jacksonc||04/09/2020||$20.00|