November 24, 2017

Resilient Bostonians run on

As a staff, The Bradford takes a moment to reflect on the events that shape our daily lives on a local, national, and international scale.

Duncan Crow ’14

Staff Writer

After a tragedy as senseless as the Boston Marathon Bombing occurs, and something as
captivating and terrifying as the subsequent manhunt, it is important to recognize the resilience
of the affected city.
Soon after the chaos started, many local residents reached out to care for their fellow
Bostonians and those who traveled to Boston for the marathon. In the wake of the tragedy,
these heroes continue to overshadow the awful explosions, through their thoughts, actions,
and words.

For example, once Boston Marathon runners finished the marathon, a considerable
number of them ran to donate blood at local Red Cross Blood Centers within Boston and in the
nearby communities. As a result, the Red Cross has enough blood to treat the victims of the
bombing, numbering in the hundreds, as well as many more injured.

Furthermore, during the crisis at Boylston Street, many spectators ran towards the
smoke and ash to help victims, instead of cowering in fear or worry. Former New England
Patriot, Joe Andruzzi, was one of these heroes who helped carry a bystander to safety, and
many others did similar things. One Bostonian offered orange juice and a bathroom to shocked
runners. Another hero, Matt Patterson, assisted someone by making a tourniquet out of a
shoelace for an injured child.

Neil Diamond, a famous singer who sings “Sweet Caroline,” pledged to donate the
royalties of that song to the Boston Bombing charities that offer aid to Boston. “Sweet
Caroline” is frequently played at Fenway Park. Over the course of the week, the song has also
been played at many other sports games to honor the tragedy that occurred.

Established by Boston, the charity One Fund raised $24.8 million in charitable donations
on its first night and continues to make more money that will be used to cover the medical bills
of injured victims.

In addition to One Fund, dozens of other funds have been set up by individual victims to
request help for their medical bills, as many people injured in the blast do not have insurance
that will cover all of their injuries. Donations range from just a few dollars to tens of thousands
of dollars; an anonymous donation was roughly 5,000 dollars, and one campaign has raised
$700,000.

One company in Lewiston Maine, Bondi Band, a manufacturer of athletic headbands
for women, created five special bands to contribute to financial aid for Boston Marathon bomb
victims and their families. Proceeds from three of the bands are going to The One Fund charity.

The proceeds for the other two bands will be given to the Richard Family, whose son, Martin
Richard, wrote the “No More Hurting People” slogan that will adorn one of the bands. Martin
tragically died in the blast, but the photo of him with that slogan has gone viral on many social
media sites.

Overall, while the Boston Marathon Bombing was tragic, Boston, a historic city, has
been able to move on from the tragedy and Bostonians have reacted in remarkable ways. It
will be interesting to see how Boston moves forward in the coming weeks, but we can certainly
speculate that it will be moving in the right direction, onward and upward.

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