Riley at the finish line of the 2019 Boston Marathon

Heather Abbott was one of the victims of 2013’s tragic Boston Marathon bombing. She lost a leg in the attack. Following her recovery, she and a small group of volunteers set up the Heather Abbott Foundation as a way to help limb loss victims of traumatic incidents to obtain prosthetic devices. Operations Director Lauren Volpe’s nephew, Riley, was born with one hand. He’s a three-sport varsity athlete and played
varsity football throughout his time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He loves the city of Boston and its community’s outpouring of support for the bombing victims really moved him, so he decided to get involved with the Heather Abbott Foundation.

In mid-April, he ran in his first Boston marathon and wore the charity’s bib to raise awareness and money for the foundation’s cause. When all was said and done, he raised over $17K USD through his social media campaign and the generosity of Fareportal!

If you’d like to get involved, the foundation is always in need of volunteers at their events. Donations are welcome too. The foundation envisions a world where individuals who have suffered limb loss through traumatic injury can live the life they love. They encourage everyone, regardless of their physical condition, to live the life you love!