Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Out of Tragedy Survivors and Their Families Pay It Forward

In Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, Dr. Frankl, a psychiatrist who was interred in the prison camps during World War II talks about how we have no choice over what happens to us but we do have a choice over how we choose to respond. Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. It's almost two years since 4/15/13 when people's lives were changed forever. Survivors and their families have transformed tragedy into helping others.

The Martin Richard family created the Martin Richard Foundation.

On Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I saw this post on Teammr8's Facebook page:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? If we just touch one life through an act of kindness, we can make a difference. Who knows what someone else will accomplish because you helped them, or you inspired them to do the same?”

The Martin Richard Foundation along with GenerationOn and Hasbro, is excited to give children ages 5-18 a chance to make a difference in their communities and the lives of others through the Martin Richard Bridge Builders Grant Program.

Almost two years ago the nation watched as the Boston Marathon -- an athletic event that brings together the greater community in celebration of peaceful competition -- was disrupted by tragic violence. The outpouring of support and the engagement of the national and international community in the wake of the marathon, however, inspired communities around the world.

This year, generationOn and Hasbro are offering thirty $500 grants to encourage young people around the U.S. to take action that advances peace and kindness in their communities.

You can learn more by following this link.

Brittany Loring suffered multiple injuries to her head, hands and legs on 4/15/13.

She created the Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery. Their mission:
We provide support to promote health and well-being for families and individuals affected by traumatic events.

BFTR was created to give back after so much was given to Brittany during her recovery. The notes, donations, and gifts from others helped move her along in her recovery, and she hopes to be able to provide the same comfort and care for others.

On Christmas Eve the Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery delivered its first donation to a critically injured woman and her family in their hospital room.

This Saturday, BFTR is having a fun(d)raiser Paint Party 3-6pm at Urban Art Bar, Boston, MA. No painting experience necessary! Your canvas, paints, and detailed instruction are included along with appetizers and the chance to win a door prize. Drinks available for purchase. Spots are filling fast but you can grab one of the remaining 7 spots by registering here.

$20 from every seat reserved goes directly to the BFTR.

The recently created Heather Abbott Foundation's motto is "Live Your Life".

After 3 surgeries in 4 days, Abbott was faced with the agonizing decision of whether to try to save her left foot or to allow doctors to amputate her left leg below the knee. With the help of other amputees and the support from hundreds of thousands around the country, Abbott made the difficult decision, at the age of 38, to live her remaining years as an amputee and use prosthetic legs.

Just four months following the bombing, she was living independently and returned to her job as a Human Resources Manager, on a part time basis. Within the first year following her amputation, she started participating in the activities she loves, including paddle boarding, running and wearing high heels. Abbott currently has four different prosthetic legs and has not let this horrific act of terrorism slow her down. She has become certified as a Peer Counselor by the National Amputee Coalition and is helping other amputees adjust to their “new normal,” as an example of hope and determination.

The Heather Abbott Foundation envisions a world where individuals who have suffered limb loss through traumatic injury can live the life they love.

The Heather Abbott Foundation helps provide customized prostheses to those who have suffered limb loss through traumatic injury, with a special focus on women and young girls.

Your donation is used to provide financial support to individuals who cannot otherwise afford the prosthetic limb that can help them return to the life they love. Please help us provide amputees with the financial resources they need to ease their way into their new normal.

To learn more and donate you can visit the Foundation's website.

We cannot control the conditions of our lives. We can only choose our response and move forward to find meaning, purpose and a way to journey well!

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