When tragedies occur, we unfortunately often remember more about the perpetrators than the victims. In the case of the Boston bombing, let's change that. Let's remember the unshakable bravery of Jeffrey Bauman who, after waking up heavily medicated with both legs amputated from the knee down, immediately asked for a notepad to identify those responsible for the massacre. "He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, 'bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,'" reports Bloomberg news in an interview with his brother Chris Bauman. Jeff told the police that the eldest suspect looked at him in the eyes before he dropped a backpack next to him. Two and a half minutes later, that bag exploded and Jeff lost part of both his legs.
Although Jeffrey Bauman is receiving the best medical care, he doesn't have the means to pay for it. As a part-time worker for Costco, he makes up the 1.9% of Massachusetts citizens that don't have health insurance. That's why friends of the courageous survivor have started a fund called "Bucks for Bauman!" to raise money for help him pay his medical bill.
"We have created this fundraiser to raise money to help support our dear friend, Jeff and his family. As most of you know, Jeff was severely affected by the tragedy that had taken place at the Patriots Day Boston Marathon this year. Throughout this difficult time we want to help in every which way we possibly can to get Bauman back on track as soon as possible.
*Medical bills are going to start rolling in, let's get a head start on helping out Bauman and his family! Every dollar counts!!" said Brooke Gibbs, one of the campaign creators.
Thousands have already donated since the campaign was started on Tuesday and they have already amassed $337, 951. Donations have come from across the globe from the United Kingdom to Sweden. Check out some of the heartfelt messages some donors left.
As you can see, some have already organized their own fundraisers for the national hero and I'm sure others are already in the works.
If you want to contribute to funds for other survivors of the bombing, another campaign has also been set-up for a mother and daughter who were injured during the blast. Their has fund raised $200,000 in one day and it's still growing.
Faith in humanity restored? Partially? Well at least there's that.
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