I will never forget where I was when I heard the news and will be forever grateful that I finished 20 minutes before the bombs went off. As it turns out, I heard the second blast on the way to my hotel after the race; I just didn’t know what it was. I’m so thankful that my family decided not to attend Boston 2013. Yes, I am the guy in the red shirt, black shorts near the bomb circle area in the first breaking news on the before/after pictures. Just above my desk at Apex Systems, I have a framed picture depicting a prior Boston marathon and it reads: “A marathon is a race without race, without color, without religion, without sex, without prejudice, without nationality, without hate. A marathon is a race where everyone starts as an equal and everyone finishes a winner.” I read it every day the week before I left, which made the events all the more difficult to accept. The realization of what had happened, how so many lives had been altered, and just how close I personally came to harm compels me to give back. So I am working with a team of runners who want to show up “Boston Strong” from Richmond, VA in 2014. Our mission is to raise money for the victims that have very expensive and special needs caused by the extent of their injuries. The prosthetics alone will cost millions over their lifetime. The Boston One Fund has collected over $60 million in donations, but much more is needed to cover the remaining expenses for more than 232 eligible claimants. With your donation, together let's show the world a unified front against such senseless acts, especially in something as pure and innocent as the marathon.