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On Monday, April 15, 2013, John, Karen, Donny, Matt & Jacob Reis and Andy & Carolyn Johnson were enjoying a great day at the Boston Marathon. They were at the finish line waiting to see their daughter, Nicole and friends, Sarah & Erin cross. Just prior to their crossing, the unimaginable happened. An explosion that has forever changed our lives.
Today was everything we had hoped for when we came to Boston last year, a year later, a lifetime ago. Boston you deserved today, it was electric.
We had the most amazing two weeks ever. We visited both BMC and Spaulding Hospitals allowing us to personally thank the incredible individuals who first saved Johns life and then gave him his life back.
We visited Engine 33 Ladder 15 to thank them for their first response and pay our respects for their devastating loss.
We were humbled to be honored at many Tribute events. We were emotionally reunited with fellow survivors and their families. We walked one mile, side by side in solidarity was incredible. To see how far they have come since we left in Sept , now that was medicine for our hearts.
We had a wonderful Easter in Franklin, visiting friends and former neighbors of Matt and Nicole, it was a perfect day.
Yesterday, words can't describe watching the finish of the race, shaking hands with Meb, seeing Pat and Jess complete the Marathon on hand bikes in just over 2 hours then standing on the sidewalk waiting for the two amazing young women who ran proudly in John's honor. It gave us the chance to finally experience what we had come to Boston for last year. Coming back was important to us for so many reasons, above are but a few. We now have closure of a chapter in our lives that we didn't ask for but one that has given us opportunities, experiences and relationships we wouldn't trade for anything in the world. It has made us stronger, Odom Strong, BOSTON STRONG Xoxo K