Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Tragedy in Boston
My crew and I heard the devastating news of the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon shortly after it occurred. We are heart broken and mourning the news like so many people world wide. Our thoughts and prayers go to all runners, families, friends, volunteers, first responders, and police. I have been deeply touched by the people of New Zealand. Some store signs have posted "We love Boston" and words of condolences have been expressed. The first half of my upcoming swim of Cook Strait will be dedicated to friends, family, and co-workers who have had breast cancer. They have inspired me with their strength and determination. The last half of my crossing will be dedicated to the Boston Marathon victims. My final mile will be in memory of eight year old Martin Richard and for his critically injured mother and sister, and his devastated father. Last year, young Martin wrote on a sign at school "No more hurting people". My crew will have a sign with Martin's quote on the final mile of my swim as a tribute to him. God bless him, his family, and all the victims of this terrorist attack.