Celeste & Sydney Recovery Fund

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Celeste and Sydney were badly injured in the blasts at the Boston Marathon on 4/15/13. Sydney suffered severe injuries as a result of being hit with shrapnel and Celeste has lost bot... more


Updated posted by Alyssa Carter 6 months ago

Hi there -

Lots of updates! Celeste was down in Orlando this past week to continue her work at POA (Prosthetic and Orthotic Association) in regaining mobility in all areas of her life. This time, the visit was for her running legs and fins for swimming!

Treadmill First: http://youtu.be/3gy0tYV40Eg

Running!: http://youtu.be/tX5kfm7JQEw

Here's a nice compilation video that the great people at POA pulled together: http://youtu.be/hDxE5Gv3HBU

They had a great flight home Friday on JetBlue and made friends with flight attendant Janna who got Celeste and Sydney into the cock pit to meet the pilots and do a little photo shoot. The CEO of JetBlue David Barger happened to be at Logan and introduced himself and took a photo with Cel, Syd, Tyler and Carmen. Big thanks to JetBlue - a fantastic organization!!!

Also, Natalie Morales of The TODAY Show has chosen the victims of the Marathon Bombing as a cause to support for their 2014 "Shine a Light" effort that aims to bring attention to important causes. You can read more about it (and see Celeste in the video) here: http://www.today.com/allday/shine-light-al-natalie-willie-reveal-causes-theyll-support-2014-2D11872354

And finally, here is the link to a lovely piece done by The Boston Globe that chronicled the Corcorans through the end of 2013: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/12/29/the-journey-back/6awGFbKtA3csYv2lGbc8sM/story.html

Happy new year to you all! And as always, thank you so much for the amazing support you provide!



With JetBlue

Swim fins!

Celebratory hug after the run!


Updated posted by Alyssa Carter 6 months ago

It's very challenging to put into words the immeasurable gratitude we have for every single kind word, well-wish, prayer, donation, or fundraising effort made to support Celeste and Sydney on their road to recovery. All of the positive energy and feeling of camaraderie has lifted their spirits and hearts on challenging days. From immediate family and friends to first responders to complete strangers who have made all the difference in their journey "“ we cannot thank you enough. It feels as though our family has grown tenfold!

On December 13th, Celeste and Sydney were invited to speak to the Boston FBI team and delivered two very genuine and heartfelt messages of gratitude.

Celeste's Speech: http://youtu.be/IgRQ731NE_4

Sydney's Speech: http://youtu.be/XZKqOHJ9gJc

Another huge milestone for Celeste occurred on December 18th when she passed her driver's license test with flying colors. She'll now be able to get a car with hand gears so that she can regain yet another piece of her independence back! She's worked very hard to get to get to this point and we could not be more proud of her.

Happy holidays to each of you and yours! May you be blessed with warmth in your home and love in your heart this holiday season.



Updated posted by Alyssa Carter 9 months ago

Hi there!

Tune into Channel 5 tonight (in the Boston Area) from 7-8 p.m. to see a six month reunion special with survivors and first responders called "Boston Strong: Reunited."

Also, Celeste will be talking with Natalie Morales on the Today Show tomorrow morning, 10/15. As soon as we have an idea of the time, we'll let you know!

As the recovery process carries on, we continue to be amazed and feel so blessed for the support you continue to show. Thank you, again and again!

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Created by Alyssa Carter on April 16, 2013

Celeste and Sydney were badly injured in the blasts at the Boston Marathon on 4/15/13. Sydney suffered severe injuries as a result of being hit with shrapnel and Celeste has lost both her legs below her knees. There is a long road ahead - both physically and emotionally - and we're hoping to relieve some of the financial burden by raising funds in their name. Please help spread the word and donate if you can. The outpouring of emotion and support has been nothing less than amazing and the family is extremely grateful for your prayers and warm words.

We've created a Facebook page to easier share updates on their progress. Please "like" it if you'd like to stay updated about their road to recovery, fundraising events, etc. Here's the link: Celeste & Sydney Corcoran Page

For those wishing to donate directly to a bank by check, you can do so here:

Enterprise Bank
C/O Celeste & Sydney Fund
1120 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Contributions can be either mailed or dropped off at any Enterprise Bank Branch.

***We've had a lot of requests for a mailing address for cards and other small items. Note that you can now send them to:

Celeste & Sydney Corcoran
P.O. Box 8733
Lowell, MA 01854

If anyone has questions or is a member of the press, feel free to email me by using the "Contact" button on the site page and I'll happily answer questions or direct you to the appropriate family member.

Also, Kevin has really been moved by the song "Family" by Joe Walsh. Music has an amazing way of expressing things that can't be said with words alone. Kevin wants everyone to listen to it,read the lyrics and know that the power of family (and the family of supporters!) is more important than anything. "We laugh, we cry, stand together that's why it's all being part of a family." This is our anthem!

If anyone has questions or is a member of the press, feel free to email me by using the "Contact" button on the site page and I'll happily answer questions or direct you to the appropriate family member.

A few links to articles/videos:

Daily Mail (UK)
Fox News - Health

Link to the Andersen Cooper piece: http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t2#/video/us/2013/04/18/ac-dnt-tuchman-boston-marathon-victims-family.cnn

Link to the Rock Center with Brian Williams piece:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

4/21/13 Update:

In addition to the inspiring visit from the Marines today, Sydney was able to stand up for the first time! Corcoran strong!

4/18/13 Update:
What an incredibly inspiring and uplifting day the family had!

First and foremost, Celeste and Sydney are gaining strength and improving every day! Neither of them had surgeries today, but both will at some point tomorrow. It's hopefully the last one for Celeste and Sydney needs at least one to two more. Prayers and positive thoughts are still needed! They rested a lot and saw many visitors "“ which is a great sign! They really enjoyed seeing family and friends. Sydney told me, "Tell everyone I love them!"

To help spread the word about Celeste and Sydney's story, Kevin and Carmen filmed with NBC this afternoon. A portion of the interview will air tomorrow morning, 4/19, between 7:00 am and 9:00 am on the Today show. The rest will be aired on Rock Center with Brian Williams tomorrow night. Tune in if you can!

(4/19 Update: Kevin and Carmen were not on the Today show this morning due to the extensive news coverage of the manhunt in Boston, so the entire segment will air at 10pm tonight, 4/19, on Rock Center with Brian Williams.)

A group of us attended the Interfaith Services with President Obama at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross this morning. We were seated among many other victims' families and were able to share stories, condolences and comforting words. My Uncle Richard spoke at length with two gentlemen from Martin Richard's school. Krystle Campbell's family sat very close to ours and showed tremendous strength throughout the service.
A short while after we were seated, we noticed that the actor Bradley Cooper had taken a seat not far from us. Tim and Carmen spoke with him briefly and he agreed to try to visit Celeste and Sydney in the hospital after the service "“ and he did! (More on that below.)

All of the various religious leaders spoke with so much conviction and care. Here are a few snaps of the President and First Lady:

(The above picture was President Obama's response to Rich Acabbo yelling, "Thank you, Mr. President!")

When we arrived back to the hospital, Matt Smith had arrived for his first visit with Sydney since helping save her life. It was so touching to see them hug, talk and hold hands. We are so incredibly grateful to him and he was as gracious in person as you'd expect a real-life superhero to be. Here are a few photos of their reunion:

He is officially a part of our family now! We also have located
the other gentlemen who helped Sydney on the scene, so thank you SO much for the influx of leads to help us find them. They don't wish us to share their names and we're respecting that request.

As mentioned, Bradley Cooper visited Celeste and Sydney as well! He was so sweet and kind to everyone "“ from the nurses and doctors to each person in the hallway trying to meet him or take his picture. Here are a few of ours:

...and the nurses were very pleased as well:

Also from the celebrity world, the hilarious and generous Chelsea Handler has donated $25,000 to the fund! THANK YOU SO MUCH, Chelsea!!!

Another very important visitor this afternoon was Dexter! He is an adorable Boxer mix that is a part of the BMC animal visitation program, Healing Paws:

I have been so touched by the emails and comments this site is getting "“ from complete strangers to long lost friends of the family or friends of friends of friends! You are all an inspiration. The feeling that so many amazing people exist is remarkably comforting and the family cannot thank you enough.



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Matt and Zack, by saving Sydney's life, you have probably impacted many other lives in a good way. With Sydney going into Occupational Therapy, there will be an untold number of people benefiting from her work. None of those people would have that help had you two not saved her life on Marathon Monday.

posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 9 months ago

Three gorgeous women heading to meet Katie Couric! I love it!

posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 10 months ago

Celeste I vote for you to be the Woman of the year! You are a champion, An Olympic star and and amazing person!

posted by Neda Kalhori 10 months ago

Sydney, you'll be a fantastic OT. With what you and your family have been through you know firsthand what is needed to get patients back to an independent life.

posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 10 months ago

Wow. Just saw ur video. Amazing. Never really thought bout what's involved in rehab and having prosthetics. Good eye-opener. Ty. Proud of you. And grateful for these technologies today. Thinking of you guys. God Bless.

posted by Cindy Burke 10 months ago

Wow, Celeste, I wish I wasn't 600 miles away. I would love to get a haircut from you. You've come a long way and you're looking fantastic!

posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 11 months ago

so moving

posted by Loren Austin 12 months ago

In case anyone is wondering, "Sean Faulkner" is a conspiracy theorist, convicted felon, and probable drug addict. So I wouldn't take his posts too seriously before they are deleted. And they will be deleted, since we all know you aren't going to donate money Sean. You're just getting your excitement by harassing innocent victims.

posted by Christopher Elam 13 months ago

Celeste, I saw the report on Rock Center (I think their last show). I'm sorry the recovery is so long and painful. You and Jeff Bauman have the roughest recoveries, but I hope both of you are starting to see the light at end of this tunnel.

posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 13 months ago

Amazing support! Amazing Celeste and Sydney! Bless you both! I am impressed with the support and even more impressed with your progress! You go girls! Evil may have stopped you for a short time but you are stronger than any evil! Bless you both! May brighter happier days full your life and I wish you many more Bradley Cooper kind of visits! What a power surge! Lol

posted by Caroline Adie-Bailey 13 months ago

Celeste, no matter how bad a day I had and what kind of jerks I encounter, when I get home all I have to do is read or watch updates on the recovery of you and the other Boston Heros and it brings a smile back to my face. Thanks for helping to restore my faith in humanity.

posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 13 months ago

Celeste and Sydney are victims in need of assistance, and for those of you using their page to promote your own agendas - shame on you. And for the people who question their injuries - I don't need to say anything else to you except leave them alone and go slither back into your holes. Good people are rooting for you, Celeste and Sydney! The others don't matter!

posted by Christopher Elam 13 months ago

Hi guys. Wow, you are really moving along. It all looks so easy but I'm sure it's been very difficult at times. I can't even begin to imagine how you must feel at times, but my prayers are always with you both and God only knows what good things will come out of this. Take Care. Cindy

posted by Cindy Burke 13 months ago

Amazing to see such great people still exist in the world today. I started a page and am collecting money to send my parents on a vacation to Florida do you think you can help me raise money? gofundme(dot)com/florida-anniv ersary-trip

posted by Denis Rikic 13 months ago

Hi Celeste and Sydney. Hope you are both doing well, Sorry I haven't been able to touch base much lately. Saw that the band fund raiser with Matt's band went well, He's got a great band. I wish I could have made it, Known him and his mom for a long time. The pics placed on this site have all been awesome and Sydney you look beautiful in your prom dress. I wish you both well and my thoughts and prayers are with you daily.

posted by Cindy Burke 13 months ago

Hi Celeste, I am the US Operations Manager for Acorn Stairlifts. We recently donated and installed Stairlifts for the Norden brothers, and would like to do the same for you if you and Sydney have the need for one. We would like to help all of you that are struggling with your recoveries. Please contact me at sherbst@acornstairlifts.com and we will get a lift installed for you if needed...stay strong! Shawn

posted by Shawn Herbst 13 months ago

Thrilled to read all the good news. Best wishes for continued strength and recovery to both of you.

posted by Carol Lane 14 months ago

I added this charity to a list at http://www.toptenz.net/top-10- fundraisers-set-up-for-the-bos ton-marathon-bombing-victims.p hp which will hopefully bring some more attention your way! :)

posted by Matthew Zarzeczny 14 months ago

Hi guys. Sounds like your recovery is going very well. Celeste, you must be so happy to be home. Thank you for keeping us all updated. You are both an inspiration. My prayers are with you and your family.

posted by Cindy Burke 14 months ago

Celeste and Sydney, Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I'm Possible". Let this be your slogan to carry you through the days ahead a you continue your recovery.

posted by Lori Duchesne 14 months ago

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