CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) On April 15th, 2013, Boston was shook by two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, but this year, The world is answering back with support and a refusal to give into terrorist attacks. James Przypek from Ware is running for Martin Richard, a bombing victim and told us why he plans to run in this 8-year-old boys memory.
About the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation:
In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people – Peace” went global and made many see Martin as a symbol of peace. Martin Richard’s view of peace went well beyond simply wanting to prevent violence. To Martin, peace meant things like togetherness, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and the prevention of bullying.
Martin was an 8-year-old boy who loved learning, sports and the world around him. He participated in the BAA Children’s Relay on Marathon weekend for three consecutive years. He was a school peacemaker and recognized at a young age that while we are all different, we are all the same. The way Martin saw the world anything was possible.
Bill and Denise Richard determined it was fitting that the foundation should honor Martin’s message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community. Details of which will be made available soon on this website.