For a hundred years,the Boston Marathon has been the proving grounds for runners, a place where you test your mettle over 26 grueling miles on a race track that winds its way through multiple towns. It’s also been a place for family, friends and the curious to gather to watch thousands of athletes making their way to the finish line.
On Monday, April 15th, the Marathon was hit with a terrorist attack. Two bombs exploded, killing three and injuring hundreds. It was the kind of tragedy that creates fear and forever changes the face of the city it occurs in, and all of those of us who live in and near Boston are mourning this week. It was the kind of tragedy that touches far too many lives.
One of those killed was eight-year-old Martin Richard of Dorchester, a bright, friendly boy who loved sports and math. His six-year-old sister lost one of her legs, and her mother has suffered a brain injury and remains in critical condition in a Boston hospital. All three were waiting for husband and father Bill Richard to cross the finish line. For the Richard family, this is a time of profound loss and grieving that very few of us can possibly imagine.
We have deep ties to the Boston community at Direct Capital, as we know many of you do. Today and yesterday, we have been collecting funds from our employees to help the Richard family in their time of unimaginable need. Please join us in donating to support the family of Martin Richard. Here are the ways you can help, courtesy of our friends at USA Today:
- Visit the American Red Cross website and learn how to help. Or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767).
- Massachusetts General Hospital is accepting donations for emergency medicine and trauma. You can donate online, call 617-726-2200 to contribute by phone, or send your donation via mail to: MGH Developmental Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.
- The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders. The best way to be of assistance is by making a financial contribution on their website.
Boston is a strong city, but those affected by this senseless attack need our help. We hope you’ll join us in donating to the family of Martin Richard and all other victims of Monday’s bombing.