Friday, April 24, 2015


Through the crack in the sidewalk, the foundation of the street, a plant grows finding its way to the light:

And through the earth shattering, life changing events of 4/15/13, these amazing survivors are drawn to the light now helping others through their Foundations.

The Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery
is a charitable organization under the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. It is a registered 501(c)(3).

Our mission is to provide support to promote health and well-being for families and individuals affected by traumatic events.

Beneficiaries to date have included a young woman who was critically injured in a car accident, paralyzed from the neck down, and a gentleman who was hit as he exited his vehicle, who has been hospitalized for over two months due to his serious injuries.

Do you know someone who could use our help? Please let us know! Click on the “Contact” tab and tell us.

On April 11, their 2.62 mile run/walk raised over $17,000. The Brittany Fund is gearing up for their next round of events now that the marathon is over. You can still donate to Hafsa Lewis Labreche who ran for The Brittany Fund on April 20, 2015 transforming the memories that had been seared into her mind and heart from 4/15/13.

Out of the pain of their son's death in Iraq followed by the suicide of their other son and in the wake of 4/15/13, Carlos and Melida Arredondo are growing the beautiful Arredondo Family Foundation whose mission is to "provide a helping hand to those experiencing a tragedy and to provide education on matters relating to military, veterans, military families and the issue of suicide."

In addition to support, education and advocacy, the Foundation will allow for the expansion of the already existing Scholarships honoring Alex and Brian to include scholarships for military siblings attending UMass Boston.

You can donate to their team of five fabulous runners who ran through the wind and the rain for 26.2 miles to benefit the Arredondo Family Foundation.

On Sunday June 14th at 10:00 am, Boston Strong Survivor, Michele Boynton is collaborating with local veterans groups to host the first Arredondo Family Foundation Fundraiser in Gardner, Mass at the Gardner Fish and Gun Club. Join Michele, Carlos, Mel and the veteran and survivor community for a motorcycle ride and cookout. Details are on this Facebook Event Page. Motorcycles are $20 and riders are $10. Bike and rider eat free. You can attend for free and enjoy the LIVE music and food will be available for purchase. There is a cash raffle and a day that's sure to be filled with inspiration, fun and good will.

Live.Your.Life. is the motto for the Heather Abbott Foundation. 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.

At last Sunday's launch, Heather noted that there would be an event in May for the ladies so stay tuned ....

Although lives and the very foundation of trust and safety and a sacred tradition of running on the 3rd Monday in April that we had always experienced at the Boston Marathon were shattered on 4/15/13, out of the cracks, a beautiful community that is filled with Boston Strong survivors blossoms and continues to grow. These three survivors are now providing the foundation on which others can heal and move forward in their lives in the wake of trauma.

No matter what happens in our lives, we can always find a way to journey well. Be blessed. To all good things...

My latest book, "Journey Well" is now available on Amazon along with all of my inspirational books. 50% of book proceeds are donated to the Massachusetts Resiliency Center, a safe, welcoming space for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing to heal and stay in touch with one another; a virtual hub for a widely dispersed community whose lives have been impacted by the tragic events of April 15th and the events that followed.

When terror struck the world's oldest and most beloved marathon on April 15, 2013, it was a defining moment in Mary McManus’ life and the lives of all those in Boston and around the world. It was her wake up call to return to the sport and community that have been medicine and a lifeline for her throughout her marathon of healing the late effects of paralytic polio and experiencing 9 years of domestic violence as a child and adolescent. Mary captures the essence of Boston Strong through her experience of the 2014 Boston Marathon and as she profiles the people who are Boston Stronger. Through her blog posts, poems and journal entries woven together with excerpts from her memoir, “Coming Home: A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility,” you will experience, through one woman’s journey of transformation and healing, that no matter what happens to us, we can all learn to journey well.

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