Bedford, NH – On Sunday, April 17th, Dr. Matt Ryzewski of Bedford, NH recognized his 40th birthday by helping others. Matt ran the Millennium Running Anytime 5k course a total of 16 laps to complete 40k to raise funds for the Friends of Aine Center for Grieving Children and Families. More than $18,000 was raised.

Friends of Aine (www.friendsofaine.com) is a 501c3 organization established in 2013 in honor of Aine Phillips to help grieving children. Its mission is to run free of charge peer-to-peer support bereavement programs for children and teens in a safe and warm environment, educate and advocate for child bereavement, and act as a grief resource center to other community organizations and families to ensure grieving children, teens, and families are receiving the care and support they need.

Dr. Ryzewski is a neonatologist at Elliot Hospital and resides with his lovely family in Bedford. He has always been a true supporter of and advocate for Friends of Aine and said the cause fit what he wanted to do – something meaningful for his 40th. It seemed more relevant because of Covid to “come together and rally for this great cause. Together in strength and solidarity we can aid grieving children and help to restore hope and healing within our community”, Matt said.

“Matt has been a friend and neighbor for many years. He and his family are very special to us and we couldn’t be more grateful for his efforts on behalf of Friends of Aine. Covid has had a profound financial effect on non-profits, so Matt’s timing to raise money couldn’t be more perfect”, said David Phillips, co-founder of Friends of Aine (and Aine and Bella’s proud Dad).

To learn more about child bereavement and the needs for support, please visit www.friendsofaine.com). Grief is hard. No one should have to do it alone, especially the children.

Dr. Matt Ryzewski after finishing his 40k!
Dr. Matt Ryzewski, his wife Kathleen and their daughters Maria and Diana.
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