- Jane Richard was critically injured in the Boston marathon bombing last year
- Her older brother Martin, 8, was killed in the explosion and her mother, Denise, suffered serious head injured
- Jane lost her leg in the attack
- Last week she received a prosthetic leg and has quickly learned how to walk on it
- Her parents released a photo of her and a statement about how they are feeling as the one-year Boston bombing anniversary approaches
- They said they cry everyday for the loss of their son
Daily Mail Reporter
03:11 GMT, 22 March 2014
03:11 GMT, 22 March 2014
As the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings approaches, the family of Martin Richard, the youngest victim, has released a statement and photo of Martin’s sister, Jane, with her new prosthetic ‘Cheetah’ running leg.
The family said the photo shows ‘just how far Jane has come on what has been a long and difficult road to recovery’.
Jane, then 7, lost her leg in the explosion that killed eight-year-old Martin and two other people in the April 15 attack on Boylston Street, according to CBS Boston.
Their mother Denise suffered a head injury and lost vision in one eye.
Brave: Boston marathon bombing survivor Jane Richard shows off her “Cheetah¿ running leg, designed for athletics and everyday use. The new leg was a gift to her from an organization called Wiggle Your Toes; whose mission is to support those suffering from limb loss
Family torn apart: Jane Richard, bottom left, is pictured in an undated photo with her family. Her brother Martin, eight, was killed in the terror attacks and her mother, Denise, has undergone brain surgery
Off-duty firefighter Matt Patterson is pictured (red t-shirt) rushing to help little Jane Richard, who is lying on the ground
Bill Richard had shrapnel wounds and burns to his legs.
He also lost part of his hearing.
In the statement, the family said it is keeping busy with the team of 100 runners, Team MR8, supporting the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.
They also expressed gratitude for the support they’ve received in the 11 months since the bombing.
The full family statement is as follows:
With the 2014 Boston Marathon now just one month away, we are pleased to share a photo that shows just how far Jane has come on what has been a long and difficult road to recovery. Last week she received a “Cheetah” running leg, designed for athletics and everyday use. This was a gift to her from an organization called Wiggle Your Toes; whose mission is to support those suffering from limb
Tragic: Martin Richard, 8, was standing by the finish line with his family when the explosion went off, killing him and two others
loss, in collaboration with Jane’s team at United Prosthetics, who donated their time and labor to construct it and get her up and running. Never self-conscious and always smiling, Jane has worn it to school several times which speaks to the can-do spirit she has displayed over the last 11 months.
With just one month to this year’s Boston Marathon, we find ourselves fully engaged in getting the foundation we set up to honor our son Martin off to a strong start. In addition to working to support the wonderful team of 100 runners who make up “Team MR8,” we have also been busy networking with established nonprofits as well as private and corporate foundations and even a few think tanks and institutes. The work being done out there to make the world a better place amazes and inspires us.
The team of runners supporting The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation (Team MR8) has exceeded our every expectation. We are blessed to have found a collection of team players that perfectly embody the values that have always been important to our family. Watching them come together as a team, form friendships and support one another reminds us why we made “community” one of the three pillars of our foundation. They have been hosting fundraising events in communities all over Massachusetts and around the country. These wonderful people are giving life to a foundation we hope will pay their dedication, determination and generosity forward for generations.
There is much activity in our lives these days, which goes a long way toward distracting us from what is certain to be an emotional one-year anniversary on April 15th. A day doesn’t pass when we don’t cry over the loss of Martin, but we also laugh when we think about him, which feels like the right way to remember a little boy with a zest for life and a caring heart.
Our gratitude will never diminish for the support and love we have received over the last eleven-plus months. As the next few weeks come and go, we will be thinking about all of the families that have been impacted by the senseless events of last April, and proud of the way the community around us has persevered.