Hello to everyone!! As you can tell from this post being a day late, this week has absolutely flown by! Here I was sitting here thinking it was only Wednesday, and sure enough, I was a day off! Wow! I hope you all are having an awesome week so far, and continuing to do the stuff that you love to do. I know that this week for me has been really busy, but I’m fully convinced that that’s what makes the days that go by so fun.
I know I promised you all last week that I would share with you all an awesome song, but in light of the recent travesty at the Boston Marathon this week, I wanted to share with you all some stories. Stories of true heroism, and ones that in the midst of all the hate and anger that have seemed to rock our world lately, show us that there still is good in this world.
One story I want to share with you is about a man named Carlos Arredondo. If you have been watching the news lately, then you have probably already seen Carlos. He appears in the iconic picture taken during the aftermath of the explosion, wearing a cowboy hat and holding on to a fellow marathon bystander in a wheelchair, who lost both of his legs from the explosion. In this picture, what you may not have noticed is that Carlos is in fact keeping the man in the wheelchair alive, holding the arteries that hang loose from the man’s legs. Graphic I know, but here is the rest of Carlos’ story and how he got to that very moment in the picture.
Carlos went to the marathon because someone he knew was running the marathon in honor of his son, who 8 years ago was killed in combat as a U.S. Marine in Iraq. Carlos was handing out American flags to the runners who came by when the two explosions quickly went off one after the other. Carlos quickly went to help National Guard troops, police and firefighters, pry open a fence nearby so that emergency responders could reach the many who were wounded. He then found a young man, no older than his early 20s, who had suffered extremely severe leg wounds. Carlos proceeded to tie the man’s legs up with a tourniquet he made from part of his clothing. He talked to the young man and assured him that he would be ok. Carlos, still holding on to the young man’s arteries, waited until the paramedics arrived, and placed the him into a wheelchair. This is the image that has been seen all over the news.
Carlos Arredondo’s story is just one of so many that showed that even in times of disaster, we need to be strong. Many runners who had just finished the marathon went running to hospitals to donate blood. Runners who had medical backgrounds even stayed and helped treat the dozens who were injured. People from all around the area did everything they could to help those who had been injured. Heroes were all around Boston on April 15th.
I tell you all of this today, because I want to remind you that even in the darkest of times, there is always some light that can be found. The 2013 Boston Marathon will always be remembered as one that has forever changed our country and especially the running community. It is something that many of us cannot even fathom. I encourage you all to share the stories of heroism like Carlos’, and even find some more on your own to read- because they are everywhere.
I hope all of you have fantastic ends to your week, and that you enjoy the weekend. Do something that makes you happy. Something that makes you want to just jump up and down and sing! Seriously. Do something positive and uplifting- keep yourself occupied and full of adventure! Have an awesome finish to the week and I will see you right here, same time, same place, next week!
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