Legacy of Love:

The Semper Fi Fund and the Boston Marathon

Legacy of Love: The Semper Fi Fund and the Boston Marathon

This year's Boston Marathon marked the five year anniversary of the horrors that took place in 2013. Running alongside the bombing victims, 15 Team Semper Fi athletes and 15 Semper Fi Fund Community athletes gathered together at the starting line to compete for the third time.

Just days after the bombing on April 20th, 2013, a special relationship between the Boston survivors and the Semper Fi Fund began. Wounded veterans visited five hospitals, EMS teams and the injured bringing our message of HOPE and STRENGTH.

Gabe Martinez, a double amputee on Team Semper Fi, had flown in from training for the Paralympic Trials. Walking into the hospitals, sporting shorts that showed off his beautiful prosthetic legs, Gabe instantly embodied the joy, excitement about life, and happiness after trauma. Gabe, along with fellow veterans - Cam, BJ, Josh, and Bobby were living proof of post-traumatic growth. Semper Fi Fund Founder Karen Guenther and Vice President of Casework Susan Rocco, alongside our warriors, visited the staff and patients in the ERs, post-operative recovery unit, operating rooms, and ICUs. They brought such a great mixture of humor, strength, inspiration and love to patients, their families, and the hospital staff. This trip would be the first of seven trips in total over the next year to provide mentorship and inspiration to Boston.

Boston Marathon Team

The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and support for post 9/11 injured military members and their families. When the tragic events of the Boston Marathon happened five years ago, members of the Semper Fi Fund quickly volunteered to visit those injured in the bombings, helping both emotionally and financially. This year, the Semper Fi Fund became an official charity of the B.A.A.

Over the months that followed restricted donations came into the Semper Fi Fund from across America to support those injured in the bombing. The SFF was able to help families of the bombing victims with lodging, loss of income while at the bedside, service dogs, adaptive equipment… whatever was needed.

Semper Fi Fund has remained close to its Boston family. On Marathon Day SFF will join Boston in celebrating the strength and resiliency of the community. The staff and veterans feel honored and blessed for the relationships that emerged after the bombing and to stand alongside as Boston Strong. Another wonderful example of what is best in America. We all stand tall and proud to support Boston!