The Boston Bomb Victim Bunker Hill Climb

$14,522 of $15.3k goal

Raised by 210 people in 44 months
Elena Barbera  CHARLESTOWN, MA
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 17, 2013.

Boston, we have a problem.

Back in April/May I did this fundraiser for the 14 amputee survivors of the marathon attacks. Every day for 33 days I climbed the Bunker Hill Monument to raise money for them. It was a huge success and I was able to give each of the 14 survivors a check for $900.

One of the amputees, who I met as a result of this fundraiser, has generously helped me to locate a couple of amputees whose names weren't available to me through internet searches. This weekend, she sadly informed me that there are actually SIXTEEN amputee survivors, not fourteen as the press had originally reported. That means that TWO of them have not received our help.

With all of the money already distributed, in order to fulfill the mission of the fundraiser and serve all of the amputees (an injury that is near and dear to me and my family, as I have two first cousins who are amputees), I need to raise an additional $1,800 so I can give them each the same amount of $900.

I wouldn't be asking for help at this late date if I wasn't in such a pickle. But I'm 100% committed to doing the right thing here.

There are two more people who lost a leg on that awful day. They have chosen to remain anonymous, shying away from the press. While their privacy is helping them heal, it also means that they need our help more than ever because they haven't engaged in any independent fundraising.

Please help to spread the word. Please give a little bit more if you can. An office collection, an email to friends, sharing this update to the story on Facebook and Twitter - these are all ways to help.
Donations in any amount will be tremendously appreciated.

To everyone who helped to make this fundraiser such a success initially, I thank you. Your continued support is priceless.



__________Below is the initial description of this fundraiser.



Every day for 30 days I am climbing the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown to raise money to support the 14 victims of the Boston Marathon attacks who are now amputees. To reach the top of the monument takes 294 steps. My goal is to raise $1 per step, for a total of $8,820.

The 30-day climb started on April 23 and will end on May 22.

Every dollar will help to make the lives of new amputees better. They will need to pay for medical bills, prosthetics, prescriptions, new clothes (yes, new clothes), modifications to their homes (such as rails in bathrooms, etc.), transportation if they can't drive, cash to pay bills while they can't work, and so much more. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THEM!


Daily updates are available on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ElenaBarbera1
There are THREE WAYS TO HELP!

1. DONATE - No donation is too small! You can give right here on this page or mail a check. You can make your check out to the "Boston Bomb Victim Bunker Hill Fund" and send it to:

Century Bank
Attn: Bunker Hill Fund
512 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


2. CLIMB WITH ME. Contact me personally at elena@worthywordswriting.com and I'll give you my climb schedule. Pick a day to come with me, then tell all your friends, family, neighbors and professional networks about it. Ask them to support your climb with a donation.


3. SHARE THIS PAGE. Please share this page on Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail.

Thank you to everyone who will donate, share, or climb with me. There is never enough we can do to support the victims of this tragedy.


A bit about verification. I opened this page on April 23. Century Bank has helped to set up a special account for the funds raised and will help with disbursement of the funds to the 14 amputee survivors from the attacks. City Councilor Sal LaMattina will be helping to facilitate communication with the survivors' families to make sure the money gets into the right hands. Several local leaders will be climbing the monument with me and helping to raise money, including City Councilor Sal LaMattina, State Representative Aaron Michelwitz, Boston Mayoral Candidate John R. Connolly and former gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker.

UPDATE: April 24. I spoke to a rep in the Mayor's office and they will be working with me to make sure the money we raise goes directly to the 14 amputees. I'll add more details about how this will happen as I get them. We've got 28 days of climbing to go, so there's a little time. :)

UPDATE: April 24. I met Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina at an event tonight and he generously promised to help me get the funds we raise into the hands of the 14 victims of the marathon bombings who are now amputees. He got it. And I'm so grateful. :)

UPDATE: April 28. So much is happening. Century Bank and Green Oak Financial are both committed to helping with this fund by setting up a proper account and making sure everything is in order from an IRS standpoint. It's more complicated than I thought, but it's necessary to get ALL of this money into the hands of the survivors who are now amputees. Thank you to both of these amazing organizations for your invaluable expertise and assistance!

UPDATE: April 28. State Representative Aaron Michelwitz and Boston Mayoral Candidate John R. Connolly have both committed to supporting the fund by climbing the monument. These guys are so committed - truly Boston Strong!!

UPDATE: April 30. Charlie Baker, former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate and possible contenter next term, will be climbing with me next week!

UPDATE: April 30. Tomorrow the New York Times is sending a reporter to climb with me and do a write up on the fundraiser! Also, the Boston University Daily Free Press is running a story. Thank you to Jess Bidgood and Gretchen Ertl of the NYT and Rachel Riley of the DFP!!

UPDATE: May 8. So many more people have joined this effort! On Sunday, State Representative Aaron Michelwitz climbed and is helping to spread the word. Separately, my sister has recruited 5 bars and 1 firehouse in New Jersey to help out, and they are all collecting donations for the amputees. Thank you!


UPDATE: May 18. All the updates for this page are on the main portion of the page, now that I've figured it out! So if you're looking for up-to-date info, just look there. :)



A bit about me. In case you don't know me, thank you for visiting this page and reading this far. I am a freelance writer and have lived in Boston for 14 years, although I'm originally from Brooklyn, NY. The name of my company is Worthy Words Writing. I'm currently President of the BNI Platinum Chapter networking group which meets on Boylston Street every Wednesday. And most importantly, I'm a mom. :)

Like everyone, I want to do more to help the bombing victims. I can only give so much money, so I came up with the idea to climb the monument to raise money from my extensive network of family and friends. The Bunker Hill Monument is the most prominent symbol of freedom in Boston, so its involvement is fitting. Because I work from home, I have the flexibility to take the time out to climb.

Why the amputees? I chose to target raising money for the 14 people who lost limbs in the attacks for personal reasons. I have two first cousins who are amputees, so I've seen how difficult it can be to go through multiple surgeries, life with pain (and painkillers), literally learning to walk again, plus the emotional toll it takes. I also volunteer for an organization called iPods For Wounded Veterans which is based in Wilmington, MA. Twice in 2012 I traveled to Washington, DC-area military hospitals to visit severely wounded veterans that just returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of these young men that I met (some are women, but I haven't personally met any yet) are single, double, or triple amputees. Some also have traumatic brain injuries. All have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Seeing these injuries first hand and talking with these veterans firms my resolve to help the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. They were all thrown into a battlefield without any warning, training or weapons to protect themselves.

We can't erase what happened, but we CAN make the future easier for them.


Please email me through this page or call me anytime with questions.


Elena Barbera
617.938.7504
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Update 24
Posted by Elena Barbera
39 months ago
Boston, we have a problem.

To everyone who helped to make this fundraiser such a success, I thank you. As you know we raised almost $14,000 and split it among the fourteen amputee survivors from the marathon bombing, giving them about $900 each.

But here's the issue.

One of the amputees, who I met as a result of this fundraiser, has generously helped me to locate a couple of amputees whose names weren't available to me through internet searches. This weekend, she sadly informed me that there are actually SIXTEEN amputee survivors, not fourteen as the press had originally reported. That means that TWO of them have not received our help.

I could of course choose to ignore this fact, and say "what's done is done." But to those of you who know me, you know that I won't do that. I am determined to raise the additional funds so that each of these two survivors will receive the same $900 check as the first fourteen.

That comes to $1,800 total. Thankfully, $475 has already been patched together over the last few days, leaving us short only $1,325.

Please help to spread the word. Please give a little bit more if you can. An office collection, an email to friends, sharing this update to the story on Facebook and Twitter - these are all ways to help.

There are two more people who lost a leg on that awful day. They have chosen to remain anonymous, shying away from the press. While their privacy is helping them heal, it also means that they need our help more than ever because they haven't engaged in any independent fundraising. What the One Fund has provided is simply not enough.

Thank you again for helping me out of this pickle, and for your incredible generosity with your time and resources.

-Elena
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Update 23
Posted by Elena Barbera
40 months ago
Day 33. This is really the last climb up the Bunker Hill Monument to raise money for the 14 amputee survivors from the Boston marathon bombings.

Pictured with me is City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina and a $1,000 check he brought with him from the Boston Wounded Veterans. Sal continues to collect pledges for this fund, and more will be coming in.

I can't say enough about Sal's support. On the evening of the very first climb, I met him at a separate event. He immediately pledged to help me get in touch with the families of the 14 amputees, as so many of them have remained entirely out of the press. He jumped into action and began raising funds, plus committed to make the climb. Sal served as the inspiration for me to invite others along on the climb, which ultimately led to so many community leaders, citizens and schoolchildren getting involved.

It's appropriate that my very last climb would be with him. This is a man who is steadfastly committed to the people and communities of the this city and I am extremely proud to work with him on this and to know him better.

For all that you've done and all you're doing, thank you Sal!
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Update 22
Posted by Elena Barbera
43 months ago
Here's a link to an additional piece by the Charlestown Patch - video taken during Day 29 of the climb. Thank you Becca Manning for helping to spread the word and raise even more for the amputee survivors of the marathon bombings. The people of "The Town" have been a tremendous support. Boston's Strongest. xo

http://charlestown.patch.com/articles/video-climbing-the-bunker-hill-monument#video-14550607
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Update 21
Posted by Elena Barbera
43 months ago
Day 32. These kids brought in OVER $1,000 for the 14 amputee survivors from the Boston marathon attacks, bringing the fund to over $10,000!!!

I am so proud of the students from Boston's Eliot School. Mrs. DiSarcina and Mrs. DeWitte's students beamed with pride every step of the way from the North End to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument today. These children prove again how committed they are to community service. Wonderful.

Also with us were PHILIP FRATTAROLI, who is in the running for City Councilor at Large and the fantastic parents and dear friends from the Eliot School, Lynn Longo Bova, Rebecca Griffin Elisa Mendoza and Richelle Taranto.

14 people who underwent amputations are still recovering and rebuilding after the bombings - they are why we climbed!
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Paul Davis
43 months ago

great climbing, Elena

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Liz Oettinger
43 months ago

We in Jersey are sooo very proud of you, your dedication, your strength and your wonderful heart!! Through tje miles we are with you every step!!!! You have ANGEL wings and ALOT of love and support from all of us! Xoxo

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Peri Ozker
43 months ago

Wonderful effort Elena! Also of interest is no fee trauma relief acupuncture throughout Boston, go to http://traumarelief.nesa.edu

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Elaine Donovan
44 months ago

Elena, You truly have the warmest heart of anyone I know! God Love You, Your parents raised an Angel!!! This is what Boston Strong is all about... xo

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$14,522 of $15.3k goal

Raised by 210 people in 44 months
Created April 23, 2013
S
$200
Sheila
35 months ago (Offline Donation)
CL
$150
Charlestown Little League
35 months ago (Offline Donation)
$50
Sandra Riggillo
39 months ago
LP
$25
Laura Pedowitz
39 months ago
$50
Anonymous
39 months ago
SZ
$20
Stephanie Zanotti
39 months ago

Elena, you are incredible and inspiring. God bless you and the amputee victims receiving this aid.

$50
Anonymous
39 months ago
MB
$100
Mary Ann Barbera
39 months ago
CC
$30
Christine Cody
39 months ago

Good luck Elena with getting this goal! I'll keep my fingers crossed. XO

$20
Jeanne Meimarides
39 months ago
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Paul Davis
43 months ago

great climbing, Elena

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Liz Oettinger
43 months ago

We in Jersey are sooo very proud of you, your dedication, your strength and your wonderful heart!! Through tje miles we are with you every step!!!! You have ANGEL wings and ALOT of love and support from all of us! Xoxo

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Peri Ozker
43 months ago

Wonderful effort Elena! Also of interest is no fee trauma relief acupuncture throughout Boston, go to http://traumarelief.nesa.edu

+ Read More
Elaine Donovan
44 months ago

Elena, You truly have the warmest heart of anyone I know! God Love You, Your parents raised an Angel!!! This is what Boston Strong is all about... xo

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