Her courage, spirit and dignity inspire the Lesley community.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Three women with strong ties to Lesley University, two alumni and a student, were deeply impacted by the Boston Marathon bombing. Erin Hurley, class of 2010, participated in the Marathon as a runner. Her good friends, Michele Mahoney, class of 2009, and Remy Lawler, a current student, joined Erin’s boyfriend, Jeff Bauman, at the race to cheer her on. Michele, Remy, and Jeff were all near the finish line when the bombs exploded and all sustained injuries. Jeff lost both of his legs but has returned home and is focused on rehab. Michele suffered extensive damage to both her legs. She has been released from the hospital and is recovering. Remy sustained shrapnel wounds and is recovering at home following her time in the hospital.
Reached by phone, Erin said in an interview, “First, I have to say how appreciative we are for the outpouring of support from the community both large and small. I also want everyone to know that we are all doing really well. It was an awful thing that happened, but it was both a good day and a bad day.” Erin recalls seeing her three closest friends at Heartbreak Hill: “People I really love were there for me and I was so happy.” Erin reflected on how part of what she learned at Lesley is that people really do care and want to do well in life, and be good to others. This terrible act did not destroy that belief. Erin’s conviction that people are good is stronger than ever and she is looking forward to attending the One Fund Boston concert with Jeff on May 30th.
Lesley has made a contribution to One Fund Boston, the fund to support all of the individuals and families who need our assistance. We encourage all members of our community who may have the ability and the inclination to make a contribution to this fund or the fund of your choice.
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