It’s Time To Cry: Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Jane Richard Sang The National Anthem At Fenway

On April 15th, Jane Richard was standing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon with her parents and brother when a bomb went off just feet from the family, killing her 8-year-old brother Martin and seriously injuring both of her parents. Jane lost a leg in the attack and spent 39 days in the ICU, but miraculously survived. After months of surgeries, physical therapy, and a new prosthetic leg, Jane, now 7, is recovering well. So well, in fact, that before yesterday’s Boston Red Sox game, she triumphantly walked to a microphone in the middle of Fenway Park and sang the national anthem. She was backed by Martin’s school choir. In a statement released in August, the Richard family spoke of the deep grief they felt daily after losing Martin, and how amazed they were at their daughter’s resilience: “Jane continues to be an incredible source of inspiration – and exhaustion,” they wrote. “The loss of her leg has not slowed her one bit, or deterred her in any way.” An appearance at Fenway was the perfect way to share that inspiration with the world. And the cherry on top? The Red Sox won. [Boston Globe]