In 2020, I will be running my sixth Boston Marathon, and my second representing Rebekah’s Angels Foundation and I could not be more excited! Rebekah and I were introduced through a mutual friend and we have held a special bond ever since.
The 2013 Boston Marathon has affected both of us, however we both chose to focus on helping others who are unable to help themselves, and move forward the only way we know how, focus on the positives and bring peace to the past. Rebekah and her son Noah(who was 5 at the time) were just feet away from the first bomb that detonated at the finish line in 2013, and both suffered from PTSD, debilitating their lives each day that passed. After the trauma and injuries Rebekah suffered from that day, she was left with the decision to amputate her left leg. But she has thrived and never looked back and is truly an inspiration to all. With specialized therapy, Rebekah and Noah were both able to overcome the trauma, and be able to bring peace to what occurred.
In 2018, Rebekah created the Rebekah’s Angels Foundation that focuses on helping children and families that suffer from PTSD and give them a second chance at life, using a specialized therapy that focuses on the specific needs at an individual basis so they are able to overcome the trauma that once debilitated them.
I myself was also affected from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings as I was 5 minutes from finishing the race that year, when we as runners were forced to come to an abrupt stop not knowing what had just happened at the finish line. I worked in business at the time, and after my experience that day I decided to enroll in nursing school and change my career. I am now a trauma/surgical intensive care unit nurse.
To be able to run this race again, and be able to help families and children with every step I take is why I love running this race every year.
So please, consider a donation to our running team to help children get the help they need so they can live without fear again. Rebekah’s angels funds all costs for therapy, taking away the burden that comes along with getting the correct therapy to treat PTSD.
Thank you in advance for your donation, and see you at the finish line!