Boston Strong, Boston Proud
It was with eerie coincidence that the day of my Mother-in-law’s “Boston Strong, Boston Proud” song release party was also the day Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 accounts in the Boston Marathon Bombings. We were there that day on April 15, 2013 when the bombs went off. My Mother-in-law, Carol, was at the finish line across from the first explosion and my family and I were on the sixth floor of the Lenox Hotel with a direct view of the horror. I still get chills and my eyes well up when I think of just how close we were. The horror of that day will always be with us.
Nearly two years later the Boston Strong movement continues to unite us. Although there was terrible tragedy that day, Boston has responded with countless stories of humanity, volunteerism and fundraising. People have dug deep to help in so many ways from first responders and medical workers to charitable foundations like the One Fund. Carol Hamblet Adams, tapped into her talent and wrote and recorded a song with proceeds to be given to the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her song is available for download on iTunes and her release party was held last night at Solas Restaurant in the Lenox Hotel.
Together we gathered, friends, family and acquaintances, all united in our connection to Carol and our connection to that terrible day. We mingled and shared our stories but the mood of the evening was celebratory. Here was a beautiful example of goodness that has come from tragedy. Carol’s talent, through this song, will touch others and raise money to help even more victims. Proof that the Boston Marathon will be run each year, terrorism will not win and that we will remain Boston Strong, Boston Proud.