We were all devastated to learn that Martin was a victim of the senseless acts last April. Our heart ached for the Richard family and for all of Martin’s family, friends, and classmates. We felt helpless and wished there was something, anything, that we could do.
I am humbled and honored to be given this opportunity to raise funds for the foundation, spread Martin's message of peace, and run the 118th Boston Marathon in memory of this sweet, sincere boy.
My son Regan was a classmate, fellow NHCS “peacemaker”, and friend of Martin. My daughter Cecelia dances at the same Irish Step Dance School as Jane, and the kids were always excited to see one another in the halls and at school events. Everyone is always excited to see the Richard kids as they are always smiling. Martin was quieter at first glance, but he was sincere and thoughtful. He had an amazingly infectious and bright smile that took over his entire face. Jane is Jane, a true spitfire with a delightful smile and a hug that can take you down to the ground in giggles. I am the volunteer coach of the NHCS Mileage Club, a run/walk club that I organized as an after school program for the students to have fun in a healthy and positive way. Kids earn toe tokens for every mile they run around a nearby neighborhood park. We talk about proper warm up, stretching, and healthy habits, but mostly we just have fun giving out high fives, encouraging the kids to run another lap, and hopefully planting a seed of love for physical fitness in these kids. In the fall of 2012, Martin ran farther than any other member and was so excited when he earned his 13.1 token signifying that he had completed a half marathon. His face lit up as I handed it to him and congratulated him. Devastated does not begin to describe the feelings I had when I found out about Martin’s death. For someone filled with such vibrancy and life to be taken from us is a tragedy that transcends words or logic.
The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation will honor Martin's message of "No more hurting people - peace" by investing in education, athletics and community. We believe strongly in the mission of this foundation. We will never forget the horrible feeling of loss and helplessness last April. Please consider donating to the foundation and keeping the memory and vision of this special boy alive.
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I appreciate every dollar you give. Together we can spread his goodness and message of peace Let's make peace stronger than the tragic violence that took him.
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