By now everyone has seen news of the devastation at the finish line of the Boston marathon on Monday. It was a truly remarkable day and celebration that ended in utter chaos, confusion, and suffering.
I am far from the most effected by this tragedy, but as a witness to the events I feel compelled to do something to help the victims of this tragic day.
My day on Monday started with the joy of watching my high school friend and now double leg amputee cross the finish line having hand-cycled his first marathon. I will never forget the night when I returned from a Cannons lacrosse game two years ago to hear that Jake had been in an explosion in Afghanistan resulting in brain trauma and the loss of both his legs. It was a very difficult road to recovery for Jake and I was so proud to see him cross that line.
After Jake finished the race I dropped him off at his hotel and went back to the finish line to meet up with some friends. Minutes after I met the group on Boyleston St. the first bomb went off just to our left. In a panicked crowd we moved away from the explosion, only to find ourselves closer to the second explosion in a crowded section of spectators and runners.
Luckily everyone in our group escaped unharmed, but the same cannot be said for so many innocent people watching friends and family run the world-famous marathon on a beautiful holiday in Boston.
In the aftermath of the explosions my thoughts immediately went back to Jake. Many people in local Boston hospitals are finding themselves at the beginning of the same journey Jake began 2 years ago. During Jake’s recovery, I saw first-hand the amazing work of the Wounded Warrior Project to help veterans overcome these horrific injuries. Unfortunately Monday’s injured will not be afforded the same advantages.
That is why we have set up a fundraiser page through GivingSomeThing to receive donations to help families impacted by yesterday’s tragedy. I have turned to the sport of lacrosse, which Jake introduced me to in 5th grade and which has given so much to my life, to help raise funds for Monday’s wounded. On Saturday, the Boston Cannons will be scrimmaging a local All-Star team as part of our pre-season training camp. All players from both teams have pledged $20 to play in the game to go towards this fund. On top of that, the Mike Stone Lacrosse Academy and other local groups have committed to donate $10 for every goal scored in the game to further help these families.
At this time I hope to use whatever influence I have to help raise money for those whose lives forever changed in an instant on Monday.
Please consider supporting this initiative by making a donation using the link below. If you’re interested in a similar pledge linked to the Cannons scrimmage or a separate occasion please contact me directly. Once donations begin coming in we will provide updates on that page with amounts raised:
The scrimmage will take place at Harvard at 6pm for anyone local interested in attending.