BOSTON (CBS) — A Watertown police officer with kids of his own, wants to help the Richard family as their daughter Jane recovers from serious injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Watertown Police Officer Brandon O’Neill will run two trail races totaling 300 miles to raise money for 7-year-old Jane Richard, the sister of 8-year-old Martin Richard who was killed in the bombing.
Jane lost a leg in the bombing. Her mother was also seriously injured.
O’Neill says he will run the Peaks Races trail run in Vermont from May 30 to June 2. The race is a 200 mile solo foot race over 72 hours.
He will then run a second, 100 mile race, on October 5.
Officer O’Neill is asking people pledge .50 cents per mile.
“As a father of two, I can only think of the pain from the loss Mr. and Mrs. Richard are going through and the tough times ahead for young Jane,” O’Neill wrote on his fundraising page. “As a runner myself, I feel I must do all I can to help Jane in her recovery and hope to assist in the recovery process with high hope to get her back into the activities she once enjoyed, especially running. I know in my heart, she will be running with her father soon.”
All donations/pledges to be sent to Officer Brandon O’Neill at Watertown Police Department 552 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472. All checks payable to Jane Richard.