A belated note to the blog to let you know that all the team runners and patient families are safe. Each of us was overwhelmed when we returned home by the concerned calls and messages reaching out to us from across the country.
What began as a beautiful day, through an evil act, became surreal, chaotic, and unbearably tragic.
Going off at 2:50 PM, the bombs specifically targeted charity runners as they finished. The race clock had even been toggled to show the elapsed time since the 10:40 AM wave 3 start. Family members at the finish were the primary victims.
Many of our team members were safely past the finished area at the time of the blast, while others finished their runs at 25.7 miles; just short of the Mass Ave underpass.
Our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones and are with the many seriously injured.
NORD is so grateful and relieved that no one from the Genzyme running team
event — the runners, their patient-partners and associated spectators — were physically harmed by the the horror on Boylston Street yesterday. You are like family to us.
We send our deeply-heartfelt sympathy to all those attending the Boston Marathon who lost loved ones, and to the friends and families of the severely injured.
We must keep reminding ourselves that the good people of this world far outnumber the evil ones!
We are so sad about the bombing at the marathon. Even here on the west coast, our hearts skipped lots of beats and tugged with “what can we do”. We are so glad that the runners and their families are safe, yet pray for those who were injured or lost their lives.
Your passion at work and while running is to be admired. Thank you for all that you and your co-workers do for us in the rare disease community. I look forward to victories with new therapies and a for a 2014 marathon team!