Las Vegas man raises money for Boston Marathon bombing victims
A Las Vegas man raises money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombingsPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
CREATED May. 27, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas man is heading to the East Coast on Wednesday to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Rick Baird is the head track coach at Faith Lutheran High School, but many of his relatives, including his parents, are from the Boston area. Baird says the terrorist attack felt like an attack on his family.
Rather than wallow in sorrow, Baird enlisted members of his private Boot Camp workout team in a 5K run that raised $1,400 for bombing victims.
But when he came across a Facebook post from a guy named Frank Fumich, he realized they could do even more.
Baird said "The day after, went out and ran three full marathons consecutive -- 78 miles. He did one marathon for each victim that died."
Baird's boot campers added their cash to Fumich's $54,000, then found out Fumich upped the ante.
Baird said, "Now the goal is $78,000, and they're running from the Pentagon all the way to Boston over the next four days.They're starting tomorrow. I'm flying out Wednesday night after my senior banquet at Faith Lutheran, meeting them in New Jersey.
Baird said he and other volunteers will support Fumich in a marathon redo, complete with a police escort at the finish line.
Baird said the money raised will be donated to the families of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old boy who was killed in the blast, and Jeff Bauman, who was severely injured.
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