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Letter: Show support for Boston victims

Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

My name is Tyler Berger and I am 14 years old and an eighth-grader at Sycamore Middle School.

I wanted to share a story about an event that is about to happen in our community. Everyone has heard and followed all the things involving the horrific Boston Marathon bombing. I have learned that no matter how far away you live, things like this can affect you and your community.

I think that what two teachers who work for Sycamore School District 427 have decided to do is why I love the town I live in. Travis Flewelling and Kristy Ricker, avid runners themselves, wanted to show their solidarity with the victims of the marathon and decided to pull together a solidarity run, “Sycamore 427 for Boston.”

Anyone who would like to join in by running or walking can donate $20, and receive a T-shirt as well to show their support. The run/walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 6. All of the proceeds will be donated to onfundboston.org to benefit the victims and their families.

The idea of two individuals deciding that because they share the same passion as the victims, to do something to show their support is mind-boggling to me. They are opening this event to families, individuals, students, walkers or runners.

I can’t wait to be part of this! I feel like sometimes big things happen and you want to do something but you don’t know what to do.

This I can do, and feel like I am supporting the good in humans, not the bad.

So if you feel helpless, or like you’re just one person, who wonders what can you do, come join Mr. Flewelling and Mrs. Ricker and show your support for the victims.

Tyler Berger


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