RI'ers come together for mother-daughter bombing victims
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. —
Hundreds of people turned out for a Monday night fundraiser to benefit Boston Marathon bombing victims Celeste and Sydney Corcoran.
Since Sydney and Celeste are still recovering, some close family members attended the event on their behalf.
Celeste's brother-in-law Tim Corcoran grew up in North Kingstown and currently lives in Warwick, and Celeste's mother and father-in-law still own a home in North Kingstown as well.
They were at the Rok Bar & Grill on Main Street in East Greenwich Monday to support for the mother- daughter pair.
With a microphone in hand, and one fist in the air, Tim Corcoran said to the crowd, "We believe we are Boston Strong, we believe we are Corcoran Strong, and we believe that we are Rhode Island Strong tonight!"
Hundreds of family members, friends and complete strangers came out to show their support for Celeste and Sydney. NBC 10 has just learned that the women have recently been moved out of Boston Medical Center, and into Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.
"They're in rehab now, and they are looking forward to moving from the hospital process to the rehabilitation process, to the healing process to starting to walk on new legs," Tim Corcoran said. But the two, especially Celeste, still have quite a long road to recovery.
"My gosh, they're going to have a brand new home. Their home has three different levels on it. The staircases go up and turn twice; they will have to modify their vehicles. It's a brand new life, it's a brand new reality," he said.
And it's that new reality for Celeste and Sydney that motivated some to give on Monday night.
Melanie Davidson of Warwick had been at the finish line at the Boston Marathon about ten minutes prior to the first blast. Davidson said, "I feel very fortunate that I actually got out of Boston that night, semi unscathed. So if I can do the smallest amount of good by coming to an event like this, I'd like to do that."
At the East Greenwich fundraiser, some generous supporters donated in $1,000 increments.
"We have someone who will match the next donation, who is going to be the next one?" One speaker said as she was trying to rally the crowd.
The Corcoran family told NBC 10 every dollar donated will help with the many, astronomical expenses the family will face in the coming weeks and months.
Tim Corcoran said, "I cannot say with more conviction, how humbled we are by the support. I cannot explain how Rhode Island strong we feel right now."
Wheelchair bound Congressman Jim Langevin attended the fundraiser to offer his support, and some perspective, after living through a similar life changing event decades ago.
"I know that Celeste and Sydney are going through a difficult time right now, and I had my own situation, you know, years ago. I know what it's like to have your life change dramatically, but I also know there's life after disability, and they're going to be fine. I know that they'll get through this," Langevin said.
And as an added bonus, the Heather Abbott bombing victim fundraising crew from Newport, Rhode Island came out to support the Corcoran's fundraiser Monday night, too.
Ryan Belmore is close friends with Abbott.
While wearing his blue and yellow 'Heather Strong' T-shirt Belmore said, "Tim (Corcoran) and I shared a couple hugs tonight. This has brought us all together. The Corcoran's were kind enough to come and visit our fundraiser (in Newport) last night, and this is about being a community and, you know, Heather was affected, and they came down, and then her family (Abbott's family) was here earlier tonight at the Corcoran's fundraiser, and it's very important for us to support each other. Rhode Island has come together for both families, the Abbott's and the Corcoran's. It's very awesome."
Standing right at his side, Belmore's newfound friend Tim Corcoran said, "We couldn't be more proud to come together to show unity in the face of terrorism against our country. We feel that it's important to stand together as Rhode Islanders to show them that we're not going to be beaten by this."