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Merrimack Valley

April 21, 2014

'It could have been my family'

Second bomb blew up where family usually watched marathon


”There is a lot of funding for research, and that’s a great thing,” said Al. “This is quick cash to help a family out. They can do whatever they want with money. It’s based out of Boston.”

Al has raised $2,100 so far. He would love to double that if possible (www.crowdrise.com and write “Albert Manzi” in search box).

It appears his wife, Kathy, and three children will all make the trek to Boston, probably leaving the grandchildren home.

”It’s something we need to do,” said Alyssa. “We’re going to go back in there, with my mom. My husband will stay at home with the kiddos. I just know I got to get back in there and see him finish.”

Al said he never had second thoughts about returning to Boston to run.

”This is a special race for me,” said Al. “Not only because it’s my tenth Boston, but because of what it means. You see all of these different survivors and their stories; how can you not be inspired? Think about those two brothers from Somerville that were at the bar (on Boyston Street). Each loses a leg. That’s a game-changer for me.

”Family is everything. There isn’t anything more important,” said Al. “And I feel lucky every day that I have my family with me.”

You can email Bill Burt at bburt@eagletribune.com.

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