Boston Marathon Survivors Embark on Cross-Country Trek, Thank America and the World for Support

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Survivors Pay it Forward with The One World Strong Trek - Starting Monday, April 18

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We hope these stories inspire others to never give up, to keep moving, to continue to better their current situation while becoming the best version of themselves possible.

Three years ago, the Boston Marathon bombings forever changed the lives of Heather Abbott, Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, Adrianne Haslet, Gillian Reny Lee Ann Yanni, Michelle L'Heureux, Marc Fucarile, Brittany Loring, Elizabeth Bermingham and hundreds of others. In the weeks that followed, Americans and people from around the world were quick to rally behind them, including a group of injured veterans from Semper Fi Fund who rushed to their bedsides in support. This week, several of those survivors will team up with the Semper Fi Fund to embark on the One World Strong Trek, an epic journey across the country, as a way of saying “thank you” to all of those who contributed to their recovery efforts.

Led by two runners who will trek the entire cross-country distance, supporters are invited to join along the way as they make their way from coast to coast in relay fashion. Neither a race nor a timed event, their goal is simply to move, and reach as many people as possible. The trek will stop in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco and several smaller cities and towns along the route where Boston Marathon survivors and injured veterans from the Semper Fi Fund will come to share their stories, and say thank you to EMS, Police, Fire and Medical Personnel in Boston and across the country, along with each and every individual who has supported them these past three years.

For Dave Fortier, one of the organizers of the One World Trek, “The support given to the survivors and their families from the country at large and from around the world has been instrumental to the ongoing recovery of all those impacted.” He explains, “we’re especially grateful to the Boston area hospitals and rehabilitation centers, Boston EMS, Police, Fire, Federal & State Agencies, and the folks from the Semper Fi Fund, some of whom have become our closest friends since they first became a part of our lives, and couldn’t be more excited to team up with them for this.”

He continues, “we want to share our stories and talk about how movement—everything from yoga to marathon training—has helped many of us move forward. We hope these stories inspire others to never give up, to keep moving, to continue to better their current situation while becoming the best version of themselves possible.”

The journey begins on Monday, April 18 in Hopkinton, MA at the start of the Boston Marathon. After crossing the finish line on Boylston Street, the trek will begin to work its way across the country and complete the journey in San Francisco over the course of approximately 110 days.

Participating groups include:

Semper Fi Fund

4.15 Strong Fund

Heather Abbott Foundation

Limbs For Life


Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund at Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery

Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund

Lingzi Foundation

Sean Collier Memorial Fund

Victoria McGrath Memorial Playground

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To schedule interviews please contact Dave Fortier, davefortier(at)outlook(dot)com, 978-317-8221 or Alicia Sellitti, alicia.sellitti(at)semperfifund(dot)org, 917-822-9010.

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