On Sunday, seven-year-old Boston Marathon bomb survivor Jane Richard sang the national anthem at the Boston Red Sox game. Richard lost her left leg.
The children’s choir of St. Ann’s Catholic Church gathered on the field wearing the Boston Strong t-shirts. Richard was behind with the teacher and wore the Red Sox jersey along with her brand new prosthetic leg after 12 surgeries. Her older brother, eight-year-old Martin Richard, was the youngest victim in the April 15 attack. Her mother suffered head injuries.
The Red Sox won the game 6-5 and evened the American League Championship Series with the Detroit Tigers 1-1.
Last month the family released this statement:
‘An hour doesn’t go by that we don’t feel the agony of Martin’s death and the senseless way it came about,’ the wrote in a statement in August. ‘The pain is constant and even the sweetest moments can become heartbreaking when we are struck by the realization that “Martin would have loved this…”‘But it is not all heartbreak for our family, as we are making progress on this long, difficult and painful road forward… Jane continues to be an incredible source of inspiration – and exhaustion. The loss of her leg has not slowed her one bit, or deterred her in any way.’
Jane attended the Clifden Academy of Irish Dance and her parents are enjoying watching her dance again. Their oldest child Henry left the finish line before the bombing, but his parents said he is still very protective of them and enjoyed camping trips this past summer.