April 15, 2015

One Boston was celebrated today on Boylston Street.  Jeff Bauman and his wife Erin and their baby attended the two year anniversary of the bombings. Barbara Thorp accompanied the group.

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Bombing survivor gets engaged to a nurse he met while recovering

December 17, 2013

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, there have been countless stories of good triumphing over evil. The latest comes to us in an e-mail from the south of France, where 114 bombing survivors, family members, and first responders are enjoying an all-expenses-paid cruise sponsored by Boston-based Vantage Deluxe World Travel. (During the 11-day trip, the boat will pass through the Saone and Rhone river valleys, with port calls at Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Arle, Viviers, and other locations in Provence.) One of those on the trip is James “Bim” Costello, who suffered such serious burns in the blast that he needed pig skin grafts on most of his right arm and right leg. He’s doing better now. We know because he posted this on Facebook: “As you all know, April 15th was one of the worst days of my life, suffering not only physical injuries of my own but the emotional difficulties when I learned about my friends. I soon wondered why and for what reason this had happened. A couple weeks later I was transferred to Spaulding Hospital, where I was able to see my friends starting to heal, but still wondered what good could come from this tragedy. A few days later I saw a nurse in passing, this would turn out to be Krista D’Agostino, who had shared a few mutual friends, but we had never crossed paths before. After sharing a handful of conversations I realized not only how beautiful she was but also what a kind heart she had. I somehow convinced her to attend a benefit with me, which turned into a few dates, which turned into a few inseparable months. I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy, it was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life. Eights months later I’m happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together. . . . We got engaged last night in the middle of the beautiful French city Lyon!!!” Last we looked, the Facebook post had 253 “likes.”


World Series honors Boston Marathon victims

October 24, 2013, 11:59 pm
BOSTON (AP) – The victims of the Boston Marathon bombing have been honored with a tribute during Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park.Bombing survivors stood on the field during the seventh inning stretch Thursday night as singer James Taylor led the crowd in “America the Beautiful.”Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in the April 15 bombings near the marathon’s finish line.The Red Sox have repeatedly honored the victims and survivors over the course of the season. Players visited the injured in hospitals and a giant “B Strong” logo was cut into the outfield grass.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia told reporters before the game that the team has tried to help the city through what he called “the toughest of times.”

                                                                                                                                                  Marathon Bombing Survivor Starts College On Scholarship From Lowell CompanyBy Paul Burton, WBZ-TVSeptember 3, 2013 4:31 PM

BOSTON (CBS) — Boston Marathon bombing survivor Sydney Corcoran walks onto the Merrimack College campus with a great sense of accomplishment.

The 18-year-old takes some mighty big steps as she begins her college career.

“I had so much trouble walking but now I am just amazed I am here and able to walk to class. I feel triumph,” Sydney said.

Marathon bombing survivor Sydney Corcoran on her first day of college at Merrimack College. (Credit: Paul Burton/WBZ-TV)

Sydney and her mother Celeste were badly injured in the bombings. Her mother lost both of her legs, and Sydney severely injured her foot.

“I can’t move my last two toes and I have trouble moving my foot. It’s been a tough summer because I have had many procedures done,” Sydney said.

Her goal in college is to study psychology and has dreams of becoming an occupational therapist.

Sydney was also fortunate enough to receive a full four-year college scholarship to Merrimack thanks to Lowell based company Macom Solutions Technology.

“When we heard about the tragedy we heard some local Lowell folks were impacted and we just thought there is no way we could not help. She is superb and the entire family is an inspiration,” Macom CEO John Croteau said.

Sydney says she is nervous about her first day and does not want to be late to class.

“I am so honored for the scholarship. I want to get straight A’s. I don’t want to let them down,” Sydney said.

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