Kenny Chesney Starts Fund For Those Injured At The Boston Marathon
April 30, 2013 at 5:30 AM (PT)
Like so many, KENNY CHESNEY watched the bombings at the BOSTON MARATHON "in incredulity and horror," said the artist. "The idea that people who’d trained so hard, who’d improved and become better runners for the iconic race -- and those who’d turned out to cheer them on -- would be injured was unthinkable." Like so many, he didn’t know what to do; like so many people, he wanted to make a difference.
After careful consideration, CHESNEY reached out to GREATER MEDIA Country WKLB/BOSTON and explained his desire to help fund and support prosthetics for the people who were having or would ultimately need amputations. Saddened by the state of the world, he wanted to sow healing for the nation’s souls, as well as the broken bodies of the people affected.
Beyond making a sizeable donation for seed money, CHESNEY decided to put his music where his heart was. He’s establishing the "Spread the Love Fund" to work with BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER (BMC) to help pay for not just prosthetics, but the fitting, ongoing care and physical therapy required.
"It’s hard to imagine a world where taking your children to school, going to the movies or witnessing something as iconic as the Boston Marathon is a dangerous thing to do," CHESNEY said. "For me, I want to help give these people as much of their lives back as possible, but I’d also like to counteract some of the negativity in the world... Remind people that there are more good people out there, and it’s up to us to 'Spread the Love'."
"We are extremely grateful to KENNY CHESNEY for spearheading a BOSTON-based fund that will meet real immediate and future needs: prosthetics and prosthetic therapy for victims. This will help make their long road to recovery a little shorter," said WKLB PD MIKE BROPHEY. "BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER, the patients with prosthetic needs, and the City of BOSTON will quickly and directly benefit from the 'Spread The Love Fund'."
Beyond downloading "Spread the Love", giving to those in need is as simple as a click. BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER has established a dedicated link for the "Spread the Love Fund," which can be accessed at www.bmc.org/kenny.
"I can’t change what happened," CHESNEY said. "I can’t imagine how the families, as well the city of BOSTON, feel -- and I want to do what I can. If we can all remember that the negativity only wins if we let it, that’s a good start. That, and helping these families with this huge process of dealing with a prosthetic. Hopefully, we can all come together and make a difference."