During an emotional week for the entire nation, one thing was known for sure: the Boston Marathon participants, first responders, law enforcement, and spectators, risked their own lives to help the injured all around them.
“Boston police, firefighters, and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak. It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances. And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy”, said President Obama as he addressed the nation on Monday.
A few examples of humanitarianism:
Joshua Dawson, Democratic candidate for State Representative, provided shelter for three students that were stranded near his Boston home.
Students in the Boston area, and across the nation, are rallying together to fundraise for the many people affected by the bombings. They are holding fundraising events including a 5K run, with all proceeds going to first responders of the marathon.
And here’s a story you’re guaranteed not to forget:
When 13-year-old Michael Stolzenberg of Weston, Florida, a quadruple amputee, realized that many of the surviving victims of the Boston Marathon would share his fate, he decided to take action.
At the age of 8, Michael suffered a skin infection, leading to a bacterial infection, gangrene and septic shock. Surgeons were forced to remove Michael’s hands and feet in order to keep the young boy alive.
“First, they will be sad,” Michael told the Huffington Post. “They are losing something they will never get back, and it’s scary. I was scared. ..But they’ll be OK. They just don’t know that yet.”
Along with his 17-year-old brother Harris, who will be attending MIT in the Fall, Michael hopes to raise $1 million for the Boston Marathon victims that are now amputees.
They created the website mikeysrun.com, where they will be taking pledges before Harris participates in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Despite suffering such a great loss, Michael remains positive and maintains an active lifestyle by running and playing lacrosse.
“I always had a thing in my head that there was a reason why each of us is on the planet,” said Michael. “Maybe I should be here to help others.”