The night of April 19, the city of Boston celebrated. As well it should. With the apprehension of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, allegedly the second perpetrator of the Boston Marathon bombings, the city felt safe again. And its citizens, newly freed from an all-day lockdown, poured into its streets to sing and rejoice.
As Boston and the rest of the country recover from this week’s events, our attention turns towards those physically injured in Monday’s bombings. Seven people remain in critical condition with several dozen more still hospitalized. The total cost of treating those survivors is expected to exceed $9 million.
While it’s easy to lapse into a feeling of helplessness, many have found comfort in offering assistance. Brad Damphousse, chief executive officer of GoFundMe, explained to CNN, “People get angry. They want to get involved,” he said. “Crowdfunding is actually really empowering for donors.”
Grassroots efforts to fund the recovery of those who need it most have already begun, which is fortunate because survivors will need all the help they can get. Even with insurance, the out-of-pocket costs of rehabilitation could be financially detrimental for some.
The Richard Family
Eight-year-old Martin Richard is the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing. He passed away April 15, but his younger sister and mother remain in critical care, recovering from severe injuries. The Richard Family Fund was set up by friends and loved ones to provide them with an extra avenue of financial support.
Among those critically injured is Jeff Bauman, the man who lost both his legs below the knees when the first explosion went off near the finish line. Upon waking in the hospital, Bauman, still under the effects of sedation, asked for pen and paper and wrote the now-famous words, “bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.” His identification of Tsarnaev may have helped cracked the case.
Bauman reportedly has no health insurance, and so his closest friends and family started a GoFundMe campaign titled, Bucks for Bauman. In just three days, it’s raised almost $400,000, but the goal is to raise $1 million.
GoFundMe also allows visitors to leave messages of support and encouragement, whether or not a donation is made.
Celeste and Sydney Corcoran
This mother and daughter were both critically injured in the April 15 blasts, and their GoFundMe site, Celeste & Sydney Recovery Fund, has raised almost half a million dollars for their recovery. Their goal is to raise $750,000.
Patrick and Jessica Downes
Newleyweds Pat and Jess Downes sustained traumatic leg injuries and their surgeries and rehabilitation are expected to be lengthy. Their GiveForward fund, Help for Patrick and Jess, has so far raised just a little more than half of their $1 million goal.
GiveForward also allows non-donating visitors to leave messages of support for fund recipients.
Liza Charney and Brittany Loring
Smaller funds, like those belonging to Liza Charney and Brittany Loring—two women both critically injured in the blasts—may receive less press attention, but they are still very much in need of donations.
The One Fund Boston
Begun by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, The One Fund Boston was set up to help all those affected by the blasts.
The Dropkick Murphys
To get a more complete list of online funds set up to help Boston recover, keep checking back with TakePart’s own What You Can Do page.
While the alleged perpetrators have been stopped from causing any further harm, our nation’s recovery isn’t over, and neither is that of the survivors who were physically harmed in the attack. It’s going to be a long and difficult journey. But the outpouring of support that victims have so far received proves that at the very least, it will not be a solitary one.
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