Hoosiers working to help victims of Boston Marathon bombing

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Could you run a marathon? Could you raise $8,000? How about both? We now know two Hoosiers chose the combination.

Lauren Pedigo, a Hoosier, wants to do something for her adopted city.  The graduate of Franklin Central High School and Butler University now lives in a suburb of Boston.  She was relatively new to the area last year when bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. Lauren was at work, just a mile from the finish line.

When the bombs blew up, she and her friends “all got in a cab and tried to just get out of the city because, at that point, we had no idea what was going on.”

Pedigo told 24-Hour News 8 she felt “scared and weak. I just felt very sick to my stomach.”

Those feelings inspired her to do something to help the city and, more specifically, the bombing victims.

Lauren volunteered – and was accepted for – one of the fundraising teams that run the marathon.  She is running to raise money for The One Fund, a charity that serves victims of the bombing on April 15, 2013.

She has been a runner from back in her days at Acton Elementary. But nothing on the scale of a marathon – until now.

“It’s just really cool to be a part of something like this with so many people who have come together to support these people that we’ve never met before,” she said.

Saturday’s training run will take her 18 miles, not quite the 26.2 of a marathon. She also hasn’t reached her fundraising goal.

Right now, Lauren has a little over $4,000.  She needs at least $8,000. If you would like to help her, you can make a donation here.

“I would be so, so appreciative,” Lauren said.  “I’m really honored to be a part of this and I would love to have Indianapolis supporting  me in this endeavor and supporting Boston.”

ANOTHER HOOSIER HELPS

The One Fund Team has another fundraising Hoosier.

“Such a coincidence,” says Carolyn Riggs, a graduate of North Central High School.

It’s also extremely unlikely.

Growing up, Carolyn said, soccer attracted more of her attention. In college, she played soccer for Duke University.

“I just ran in my first organized race for St. Patty’s Day in South Boston,” Carolyn said.

Carolyn Riggs (Provided Photo)
Carolyn Riggs (Provided Photo)

She has never run a half-marathon, let alone a full marathon. Carolyn moved to Massachusetts two years ago, working for a Boston law firm, after graduation from Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law. Her attitude about running changed after the explosions, last year.

“I was driven to find a way to give back to my new community after the tragic events at last year’s marathon–and the strength and heroism I witnessed in the weeks that followed,” she told us.

Carolyn and Lauren have seen the resilience of the survivors and their families, up close. Membership on The One Fund team offers opportunities to meet some of those families. Now, both women must blend training time with fundraising for the charity.

On her One Fund page, Carolyn acknowledged the challenges.

“The coming months will bring aches, blisters, and long morning runs when I’d rather be in bed; but these are tiny sacrifices I will happily make to benefit those whose lives were forever changed by this tragedy,” she said.

To donate to Carolyn Riggs, click here.

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