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April 21, 2014

'It could have been my family'

Second bomb blew up where family usually watched marathon


A year later

It’s been a year and a few days since the 2013 Boston Marathon and Alyssa still has her moments, particularly over the last few weeks when stories, videos and TV specials have replayed the bombings, particularly the one that took the life of Martin Richard.

In fact, Alyssa is reminded of what happened almost every day, as she works on Boylston Street, a block away, at the John Hancock Building.

”It’s so hard to even talk about it now, a year later,” said Alyssa. “My eyes fill up. My husband can’t tell people. We imagine what could have been. Our whole family could have been there, including my little angel, less than a month old, Isla (pronounced (Eye-la). We would have been in the exact same spot. It hit so close to home.”

Alyssa remembered the morning of last year’s race, when she got word her brother’s two boys were sick.

”Lauren was in Mexico. It was just going to be too much with two babies for me,” recalled Alyssa. “I felt really bad that it would be the first time no one would be there to see my dad.”

Al said he is especially reminded how close it all hits home when he sees the incredible stories of Martin Richard. He only imagines that his son and his grandson probably would have been standing right there, waiting to their grandfather.

”We are so lucky,” said Al. “I don’t know what I would do. I really don’t.”

The events of last year, though, didn’t affect Al’s love and appreciation for running the Boston Marathon. He and his godson are running again.

Both are raising money for Crowdrise, which is police-based charity that donates money to families with kids that have cancer. When a family has a child afflicted with cancer, it can apply for money, which can be used any way they want.

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