Crowdfunding campaigns raise money for Boston Marathon victims

Celeste Corcoran and her daughter Sydney. Credit: GoFundMe
Celeste Corcoran and her daughter Sydney.
Credit: GoFundMe

Since Monday afternoon when two bombs went off simultaneously at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, we’ve seen remarkable acts of kindness from people all over the world.

As the identities of victims are revealed we’re learning more and more about who these people are and why there were at the marathon on Monday.

Celeste Corcoran and her daughter Sydney were at the finish line, like many others, to cheer on a relative who was running the race. They were there near the four-hour mark when most runners complete the marathon. That’s when the two bombs went off with shrapnel tearing through their legs.

Celeste, who works as a hairdresser and relies on her legs to do her job, had both her legs amputated below the knee. Her daughter Sydney also suffered severe injuries and massive blood loss. Both women were taken to Boston Medical Center.

Celeste and Sydney, like many victims of the attacks, will likely face extremely expensive medial bills. The subsequent treatment and recovery will also be very pricey.

To help the Corcoran family, Celeste’s cousin Alyssa Carter, started a crowdfunding campaign the day the two were injured.

In just one day the campaigned has raised more than $200,000. By Thursday afternoon the amount increased to $300,000.

Similar campaigns have been created for other victims of the attack including Jeff Bauman, the man caught by photographs with severe injuries to both his legs. He was photographed being pushed in a wheel chair by Carlos Arrendondo. Bauman had both of his legs amputated and people have donated almost $90,000.

The Corcoran family fundraising caught the attention of TV host Chelsea Handler, who donated $25,000 of her own, Carter told Mashable.

“It’s amazing what people can do,” Carter said. “I’m just so grateful – there are no words for us to express our thanks enough.”

Follow Mary Ann Georgantopoulos on Twitter @marygeorgant

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…

NFL

3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…