BOSTON (CBS) — Some of the survivors of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings are moving on with their lives with a new mission—to raise money for others.
WBZ’s Bernice Corpuz reports it’s their way of giving back for all the support they’ve received
On April 15th, 2013 Doug and Lynn Julian were sitting near the finish line when the first bomb went off.
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“You could hear people screaming and it was like a tsunami of smoke went over your face,” Lynn recalls. Twelve seconds later, the second bomb went off. Jarrod Clowery was there.
“You know, the bomb was one second of horribleness and it caused a lot of carnage, but there’s a lot, lot, of good that’s come out of it,” he said.
All three were injured, but they are not defeated.
“There (are) so many positive emotions, I mean it’s not just from the City of Boston, but the outpouring of people around the world,” says Doug. Jill adds, “I gave myself one night to cry and feel sorry for myself and said no, that’s not you, that’s a waste of energy- get over it.”
Lynn is running her first Boston Marathon this year, one of six people in the mobility impaired division. She is raising money for the U.S Pain Foundation. Her husband, Doug, who is still healing from a fractured foot, plans to run, too. It will be his first Boston Marathon.
“I’m running for an organization called Run for the Fallen and the particular person I’m running for is Kevin Cash. He was a Captain, who passed away in Afghanistan,” says Doug.
Jarrod, who has been wavering about whether he’ll be back on Boylston Street on Marathon Monday, has been busy with his Heroes Heart Foundation. He recently held a pool tournament to raise money for his anti-bullying campaign.
“The bomb is one second of bad. One second. Despicable and it changes lives, it has a ripple effect. But it’s followed by endless seconds of good, and no matter what happens in life, no matter how bad it is, you have to see good. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’re on this planet,” Jarrod says.
Another organization that has become a symbol of hope and healing is the One Fund. It has been raising money for Marathon survivors and victim’s families and continues to grow. It collected nearly $61 million within the first 75 days, and has raised an additional $17.5 million since. One Fund President Jim Gallagher says he’s surprised by the outpouring of support from as far away as Southeast Asia.
“The Fund really symbolizes unity of purpose and healing. The community came together as one, to powerfully try to bring healing,” he says.
About 230 survivors and relatives of the fallen victims have received money from the Fund. Gallagher says the additional funds will be distributed this July.
“The good news is we have far more good than evil. Two people committed a heinous act a year ago, but 200 thousand people showed up to contribute to the One Fund. Good triumphs over evil.”
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