Boston: More Ways to Help


Although the nation collectively exhaled on Friday night as news unfolded on social media live television that suspect 2 had been apprehended (I don't believe his name should be remembered or mentioned), we must continue to put the victims at the forefront as many are still recovering in Boston-area hospitals. A few days ago I compiled a list of ways to help those affected by the "Boston bombings" but since then new updates and personal fundraising pages have emerged.

First, Adidas had so much success with their Boston Tribute Tee (retailing for $26.20 with 100% of proceeds going to The One Fund) that even though they quickly sold out of their limited edition tee--they've restocked and replenished to raise more funds and now they're even offering the shirts for some to purchase internationally. I ordered the tribute tee when it was first released in yellow and sizes were selling out quickly (amazing to see so many people trying to help those affected) but now it is back and available for both men and women in grey. Don't wait, order yours today!

From a brand perspective, I am now a fan of Adidas and plan to support them in the future. They originally set out with an amount to donate, but quickly sold out of tribute tees. Instead of stopping there Adidas pledged to extend their support in order to raise more funds for the victims of this tragedy (read their official statement on baa.org). Kudos to you, Adidas.

PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGES

Personal fundraising pages, started by family members and friends of those affected, have started to emerge for some of the victims still recovering. If you want to see your donations go directly towards someone, this is a great way to help. Please view each victim's page and learn their story. If you cannot donate, please share in hopes others will.


BUCKS FOR BAUMAN-Featured in a grizzly photo being rushed away in a wheelchair, Jeff Bauman is a hero for reportedly helping to identify the bombing suspects. His story particularly touches my heart as he was waiting at the finish line for his girlfriend to complete the race...something Casey has done for me countless times. This event has touched runners nationwide because that could have been any of our family members or loved ones at that finish line. In a selfish sport where we are constantly training and taking time away from our loved ones, it only fuels the fire and pisses us off even more that the most selfless people, the spirit of the marathon--spectators, family members, fans and friends--were the most affected. Please help this extraordinary individual.


From the fund creator, Brooke Gibbs: *We have created this fundraiser to raise money to help support our dear friend, Jeff and his family. As most of you know, Jeff was severely affected by the tragedy that had taken place at the Patriots Day Boston Marathon this year. Throughout this difficult time we want to help in every which way possible. *Medical bills are going to start rolling in, lets get a head start on helping out Bauman and his family! Every dollar counts!! 




HELP FOR PATRICK AND JESS-NEWLYWEDS, PATRICK DOWNES AND JESSICA KENSKY

Reportedly, these vibrant newlyweds each lost a leg in Monday's explosions. Please read their story.

Directly from their fundraising page: Friends and family of Patrick and Jess join to support them as they recover from injuries sustained at the 2013 Boston Marathon. 

On April 15, 2013 Patrick and Jess both sustained severe leg injuries after one of the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The GiveForward page has been created by friends of theirs in order to give friends and family a place to post comments of love and support. We are also asking those who feel comfortable to leave a donation that will go towards the medical bills and out-of-pocket costs associated with both of their surgeries and rehabilitation. 

See what friends say about Patrick and Jess and donate at their GiveForward page.

HELP FOR LIZA-Friends and family of Liza join to support her as she recovers from injuries sustained at the 2013 Boston Marathon. The outpouring of love and support for Liza over the past few days has been incredible. It is a testament to the impact Liza has on anyone who has the great pleasure of knowing her. This page has been created by Liza's friends as a place to share words of love and encouragement. We are also asking those that feel comfortable to leave a donation that will go towards the medical bills and out-of-pocket costs associated with Liza's medical expenses and rehabilitation...



RECOVERY FOR BRITTANY-On Monday, April 15, Brittany sustained severe injuries from the bombing of the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Friends and family are encouraged to leave comments of love and support on this page. Brittany loves hearing from you!...



ROSEANN'S RECOVERY FUND-ROSEANN SDOIA

Roseann's friend, Christine Rousseau Hart, continues to post touching updates on Roseann's progress and condition. One post was quite unsettling as she posted a photo of Roseann at the finish line with suspect 2 standing behind her, the backpack at her feet and little Martin Richard eagerly watching the runners. Please donate and read more about Roseann's recovery.


ANN + ERIC WHALLEY RECOVERY FUND-ANN AND ERIC WHALLEY

Directly from their fundraising page: Ann (65) and Eric Whalley (65) are longtime Massachusetts residents who were severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. As of April 17, Ann is currently in the ICU with numerous severe external wounds but in stable condition. Eric has suffered brain trama and damage to his legs, and will need several follow up operations including a serious neurological operation later this week at Brigham & Women's hospital. Their two sons, Chris (34) and Rich (25), are with them at the hospital and doing everything they can to support their parents. The Whalley family has a long road ahead of them physically and emotionally as they recover together from this horrible tragedy. As friends of the Whalley family, we are raising a recovery fund to help ease the financial burden of this devastating incident on the family.


Krystle Campbell and best friend Karen Rand

KAREN RAND-My mother was with her best friend Krystle Campbell on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. Krystle didn't make it, my mom is recovering...

My mother lost her best friend and one of her legs, she will be out of work a while and has medical bills. She has been so strong and kept a positive attitude through this all. We weant to keep her spirits up and not have financial worries burden her the best we can...



LEE ANN LOVERS-LEE ANN AND NICK YANNI-The Joint Ventures Physical Therapy family has unfortunately been affected by the events that occurred on Marathon Monday. One of our therapists, Lee Ann Yanni, and her husband Nick were 10 feet from the finish line when the bombs went off. They were cheering on a friend and Joint Ventures' patient who had just finished the race. Lee Ann sustained an open fibular fracture, shrapnel wounds and experienced some temporary loss of hearing. She will undergo surgery for a skin graft and will remain in the hospital for about a week. Her husband Nick ruptured his ear drum and was discharged from Tufts Medical Center Tuesday. Both know they are extremely lucky. The Joint Ventures' family would like them to be able to recover without any financial stress. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated! 


THESE ARE THE FACES AND NAMES YOU SHOULD REMEMBER OR ASSOCIATE WITH THIS TRAGEDY. PLEASE HELP THEM ON THEIR ROAD TO RECOVERY. 

****UPDATE: SINCE WRITING THIS POST, I HAVE FOUND A COMPLETE LIST OF 14 GIVEFORWARD PAGES FOR VICTIMS OF THE BOSTON BOMBINGS. PLEASE VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST HERE AND HELP HOWEVER YOU CAN.****

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