Without a doubt, you’ve likely seen a tremendous outpouring of support for Boston and the victims of the horrific attack last week. There are so many people who were impacted and injured it’s almost unbelievable.
All last week – and even as we headed into this week, local running clubs all over the country (and perhaps world) were holding solidarity runs for Boston. People ran to honor those injured and killed.
While each of those impacted certainly is worthy of being honored, I fear that so many of those impacted will have a greater burden to bear. The sheer monetary cost of the crime will be difficult for many to overcome. I can only imagine how staggering the medical bills and costs for ongoing care will be for the most injured. Far too many will incur huge medical bills. Many will be out of work due to their injuries.
There has been no shortage of fundraising efforts, either. The One Fund was established as one way to get funds to the victims. Announced earlier this week by Massachusetts Governor Patrick and Boston Mayor Merino, the fund was seeded with a $1,000,000 committment from John Hancock.
Closer to home, the triathlon community is stepping up to support victims of the bombing.
Rev3 Triathlon announced yesterday that it was partnering with the city of Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Athletic Department and will be donating all proceeds from the Revolution3 Glow Run 5k – which will be held on Friday evening, May 3rd – to help fund the treatment and recovery of a former UT swimmer, Nicole Gross.
Nicole was near the finish line with her husband and a friend when the bombs went off. She suffered a catastrophic leg injury – and has had at least seven surgeries already. Her sister was also critically injured.
If you’re planning on being in Knoxville for Rev3’s race that weekend, hopefully you’ll consider also running in the Glow Run 5k on Friday night. If you’re not able to race – or aren’t even going to Knoxville for the weekend, please consider making a direct donation to help Nicole with her medical bills. You can contribute directly at www.bestrongstaystrong.net.
I’m encouraging you to help support those affected by this tragedy. Please consider supporting Rev3’s efforts to raise money for Nicole. Please make a donation to the One Fund. I know that I’m going to do both.