Marathon victims make strides in recovery
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The victims of the attack continue to make strides in their recovery.
In a private setting, Boston Mayor Tom Menino dined with victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, showing support for the families.
"Headlines may be over but we're going to be there, have their back, and we’re going to make sure service is there for each and every family involved in this horrific event,” said Menino.
Some people injured in the blasts say it was healing to meet others who are going through the same ordeal.
"Just to see everyone, be a part of it. See what everyone else went through. Because you really don’t know unless you were there,” said one.
The family of the youngest victim, Martin Richard's family, also spoke out on the condition of his mother and sister.
On their blog, the family wrote that martin's mother, Denise, is now out of the hospital but she still can't see out of her injured eye and his father still suffers from severe hearing loss.
Twenty-four days since the bombings, Martin's seven-year-old sister, Jane, who lost a leg in the attack, just underwent her eleventh surgery.
The family, though, said they're moving forward with guarded optimism, writing: "After not being able to communicate with Jane for the first two weeks, she woke up with difficult questions that needed to be answered......there are not words to describe how hard sharing this heartbreaking news was on all of us."
In Winchester, students hosted a charity auction with proceeds going to support injured MBTA officer, and Winchester high graduate, Richard Donohue and his family.
His mother was touched by the show of support, saying that he son would be in awe.
"I think it's awesome. I think it's a great way for the kids to connect with the problems of the world, and that it's real, and in our backyard,” said Mrs. Donohue.
Another example of how the community is helping: A group near the memorial had a big white poster board and they were asking anybody who walked by if they wanted to sign a message for MIT Officer Sean Collier’s family.