Irish dancers honor Marathon bombing victim with quilt
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The youngest Marathon bombing victim has a surprise waiting for her after she finishes her recovery.
Seven-year-old Jane Richards is a member of the Clifden Irish Dancing Academy in Milton. When a group of Irish step dancers in Wisconsin heard about her story, they decided to ask other dance schools across the globe to help them make her a quilt. At first they hoped they would get 20 or 30 shirts to make it, but in a few days they had commitments from nearly 400 schools.
“This had literally brought everybody together. Everybody stopped for a moment and said ‘this girl needs to know we’re here for her, we’ll always be here for her,’” said Trish Johnson who organized the quilt for Jane.
People involved said the experience was amazing.
“We were just amazed. It was a phenomenal experience. What the Irish dance community has done has been unbelievable and the fact that Bri and Trish came up with this idea it’s just, it’s so heartwarming. And I know Jane’s going to love it when she sees it,” said Eileen Dinn, Director of the Clifden Academy.
The dancers made a quilt for Jane and her mother and the academy will give them to the family when the time is right.