Victoria McGrath, Northeastern Univ. Class of 2016, can be remembered for the good works she did, as well as the good works that continue in her memory.
Victoria was injured in the Boston Marathon 2013 bombing, and through out her recovery she shared an empathy with others who were injured, as well as service men and women who experienced similar injuries and traumas from Improvised Exploding Devices (IEDs). She volunteered at several organizations both within Northeastern University and within Boston. Sadly, she died in 2016 as a passenger in a car accident. But her memory lives on through the volunteer work of her Northeastern classmates, friends and family.
A foundation was set up in 2018 (www.VictoriaMcGrath.org ) to help the under-served. At this year's Boston Marathon there were 30 runners who raised donations at the 5K race, as well as a runner in the Marathon itself. Donors raised $7K to be donated to a camp for special needs children and their families. Runners and classmates came from as far as Lebanon, Ireland, and China to run for charity and make it happen.
Then, to mark Cinco de Mayo, a fundraiser was held at the Bell in Hand Tavern near Boston's Faneuil Hall. An additional $10K was raised to be used to enhance operations at the William E. Carter School in Boston, which is a part of the Boston Public School system meeting the needs for kids with severe and intensive disabilities and complex health needs.
The charity work being done by this group of Northeastern alumni and friends of Victoria will make a difference.
Last year at the Boston Marathon, we launched Victoria McGrath Foundation to bring hope and care to vulnerable and underserved people. This year we celebrated the one year anniversary with two significant events.
On Boston Marathon weekend, we were thrilled to have a team of 30 B.A.A. 5K runners and Kate Perkins running the marathon! Together, we ran for Victoria to raise funds to provide care for children and their families with special needs. Our sponsored charities were Joni and Friends, and the Carter School in Boston.
Joni and Friends Family Retreat offers a haven for special needs families where they are encouraged and rejuvenated in a fully accessible camp environment. Families look forward to this respite 51 weeks of the year.
The Carter School is a Boston Public School for children with severe, intensive disabilities and complex health needs. The school is a bright haven for children and their families. In the sensory garden, students learn and play in a quiet protected place.
Thanks for running with us, cheering us on, and supporting our team!