The idea of your child dying is a parent’s worst nightmare. The April 15 Boston Marathon explosions and associated events left the parents of four young people facing that horror.
As you know, Krystle Campbell, 29, Sean Collier, 27, Lingzi Lu, 23, and 8-year-old Martin Richard were fatally injured by the bomb blasts that caused grievous injuries to hundreds more.
In this small world of ours, it turns out there are some Boys & Girls Club connections to this tragedy.
Martin’s father, Bill Richard, is a longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. While Bill and older son Henry were fortunate to escape serious harm, Martin’s little sister Jane, and mother, Denise, both suffered severe injuries. Donations to defray expenses such as medical bills can be made to The Richard Family Fund.
Sadly, two alumni of the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham were also victims of the senseless attacks. JP Norden, 33, and brother Paul, 31, both lost their right legs. Each has already gone through numerous surgeries, with more procedures expected. To support the Norden brothers and their long recoveries ahead, you can make an online donation to the Stoneham Marathon Victims Fund at StonehamStrong.com.
I simply cannot imagine the physical and emotional pain that victims and their families are going through right now. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.