Being there for Boston

April 2nd, 2014

Boston, MA - The Semper Fi Fund and its America's Fund Program had a heartwarming reunion dinner with our friends in Boston this past week.

The reunion started with the Celtics' owners hosting our Veterans to amazing court side seats for their Wednesday night game against the Toronto Raptors the night before the dinner. It was an amazing experience and, once again, we were welcomed with open arms and the hometown feel of the Boston spirit.

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The following night we hosted a wonderful dinner for survivors, family members, hospital staff, mentors and other special guests, to commemorate the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, and to share stories of courage and recovery. With 36th floor panoramic views of the city, the Boston College Club was a fitting venue for a wonderful reunion of survivors who lost limbs and who are struggling with post-traumatic stress, medical and EMS personnel who helped care for the those who were injured that horrible day, and the veterans representing Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund whose own stories served as inspiration to these shaken residents of one of America’s greatest cities.

It was a magical evening in so many ways, and I’m sure it had profound meaning and impact to everyone in attendance. I’d like to share a few words from Siobhan Cooper, an RN who was at our reunion. She cared for Paul Norden, who was severely injured in the bombing and lost a leg, and has now become close to Paul and his family. Paul's brother, J.P. Norden, was also injured in the bombing lost his right leg.

“I just want to thank the Semper Fi Fund for coming to visit our Boston bombing victims,” (Siobhan will be running this year’s Marathon to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund). “I cannot express enough the new life that was given to each of them after meeting the incredibly capable members of Team Semper Fi, telling stories of their last marathon or their upcoming triathlon. It gave such a sense of hope to the victims—and an overwhelming happiness to the medical staff caring for them."

In the hustle and bustle of the work week, it’s sometimes difficult to remember how what we do impacts people—and when we do take a moment to remember, it’s sometimes difficult to realize the magnitude of that impact.

Thank you to all who have supported our 'Be There For Boston' project. It brought HOPE at a very vulnerable time, to the victims, the hospital staff, and EMS. It also gave our Team Semper Fi/Boston Mentors a way to give back to America for the support they received at the time of their injuries.

Miraculous moments all the way around!!

All of my best,

Karen

Karen Guenther | President, CEO, Founder
Semper Fi Fund | America's Fund
“Serving Those Who Preserve Our Freedom.”