Well I didn’t plan on tearing up this morning but I dare anyone with a heart to watch that video and not get emotional. Thousands of people are currently running the marathon as I type this, and to see the number of runners and supporters there on site is really overwhelming. The city of Boston has leaned on it’s people for a year now and they just refuse to teeter. Amazing stuff. Kudos to ESPN, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for pulling this off as well. They took an already unbelievable song and turned its lyrics into a credo for all the survivors. Dream on.
Chopped Onions Alert: Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, Is Engaged to His Pregnant Girlfriend
Source — A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, then helped authorities identify the suspects, is engaged and an expectant father.
Jeff Bauman, 28, and his fiancee, Erin Hurley, 27, told The Associated Press in a recent interview that the baby is due July 14. They don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, and they want it to be a surprise.
“My mom loves it. My dad’s going crazy,” Bauman said. As for himself, “I just want to be a good dad.”
The two have been preparing for the baby’s arrival by painting a nursery in their home in Carlisle. Hurley said Sunday that she and the baby are healthy and her pregnancy is going well. They became engaged in February and together picked out a white-gold engagement ring. She said they plan to marry next year.
“We’ve got a lot going on. So we don’t need to do everything all at once,” she said.
An AP photo of a badly injured Bauman being rushed away in a wheelchair by three rescuers became one of the most memorable images of the April 15, bombings, which killed three people.
He was standing near the finish line waiting to cheer on Hurley as she completed the marathon when the two bombs exploded. Bauman became a hero after he provided a description of one of the suspected bombers from his hospital bed.
Bauman’s memoir on his experiences, called “Stronger,” is out April 8, one week before the anniversary of the bombings.
Is somebody chopping onions in my cubicle this afternoon, because it just got a little watery in here. What a stud. This is such a feel good story, and really one that can’t be explained in words. You never hear about Jeff Bauman going on a crusade against the marathon bombers or lashing out to local newspapers or websites. He just keeps on livin’, man. At 28 and in the prime of his life, Jeff almost got everything senselessly taken away from him, but you’ll never hear him complain about it. He’s too busy being a good boyfriend and eventually one hell of a father. Good for you, Jeff Bauman. You’re a hero in my eyes.
Pam Anderson is Running in the NYC Marathon This Year. In Unrelated News I’ll Be Watching the NYC Marathon This Year
It looks like all of her vigorous workouts for Dancing With The Stars are about to come in handy for Pamela Anderson. The actress who competed on the show twice recently announced that she will be running in the upcoming New York City Marathon! Details inside…
Ok, so she may not have really done much working out during her most recent stint on Dancing With The Stars, as she was eliminated in week one, but that is not stopping Pamela Anderson from taking a shot at the NYC Marathon! “I’m running the New York Marathon this year and raising funds for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization,” the Baywatch beauty tweeted recently. The 46-year-old is hoping to raise at least $500,000 for Haiti relief, claiming she will be running contests as well.
On her fundraising page, Anderson gushes about her love for Haiti, and she has an extensive list of reasons that she wants to help. “Poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere. Just a one-hour flight from Miami. How are we not more involved? Desperate need for things we take for granted – clean water, safe school structures, medical facilities, emergency rooms, reforestation possibilities – conservation, education. Organic products allowed into Free trade market (mangoes, coffee, vanilla, vegetables). The opportunities are endless,” Pamela wrote.”
The marathon takes place on November 3, and will span five boroughs. The J/P Haitian Relief Organization’s goal is to save lives and bring sustainable programs to Haiti, following the earthquake in 2010.
She’s still got it. Talk about going big or going home. Some people just donate the money. Some people run 5K’s. Pamela Anderson runs a goddamn marathon. Brisk 26.2 mile jog. I wouldn’t want to drive 26 miles in my car, never mind run it around New York City. I guess that makes Pam a bigger person than I am. All for the good people of Haiti, too. Honestly all I care about is if the marathon is televised, because if theres one person I wouldn’t mind watching compete in a marathon, it’s Pamela Anderson.