Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors With Ties to NH Show Us What It Means to Be Strong
Five years after the horrific Boston Marathon bombing, survivors are showing their resilience in different ways.
Several people with ties to New Hampshire were injured in the bombing, but they have proven just how strong New Englanders are by continuing to lead normal lives.
Krystara Brassard and her parents, who were near the finish line at the time of the blast, all suffered from shrapnel-related injuries.
Today, Krystara leads a normal life, posting on Facebook that she still ventures into the city to attend Red Sox games with friends.
Photo Ron Brassard/Facebook — Ron, Krystara and Karen attend the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, who have ties to the Nashua area, attended the Boston Marathon to support Celete's sister Carmen Gagnon Acabbo who was running. Both were at the finish line when the bombs went off. Both of Celete's legs had to be amputated. Sydney Corcoran also suffered a severe leg injury. Both have been active in helping other victims of terrorist attacks. Celeste Corcoran is a board member of One World Strong. They post updates regularly to their Facebook support page.
Photo — Celeste & Sydney Corcoran Support Page/Facebook
Jeff Bauman worked in Nashua in 2013, and lost both of his legs on Marathon Monday due to the selfish acts of the Tsarnaev brothers.
Bauman made the best out of a bad situation.
He went on to throw out the first pitch at Fenway and has become a symbol of resilience ever since then.
Bauman wrote a book in 2014 called "Stronger," chronicling his experience of learning how to walk again. The book was turned into a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Bauman and his girlfriend Erin Hurley welcomed baby girl Nora in 2014, since then they have separated but remain friends.
Nashua residents Alvaro and Martha Galvis were also impacted by the 2013 marathon bombing.
In the months following the blasts, Martha Galvis was taught how to walk again at Spaulding Hospital in Boston. Now, a rehabilitation room has been named after the heroic Granite Stater overlooking the Tobin Bridge and the Prudential Building.
The couple has since refurbished their home to accommodate their injuries sustained in the bombing.
They returned to their Nashua home in shock of just how much New Hampshire residents have each other's backs. Neighbors of the Galvis's had landscaped and planted flowers for them to return to.