It began with a photograph: a pair of worn Irish step dance shoes with the words “Boston Strong” written in thick black marker on the right sole. The image became the inspiration of a T-shirt designed to symbolize hope and recovery for 7-year-old dancer Jane Richard, one of the youngest victims of the Marathon bombings.
“It hit close to home,” said Maureen Hester, 24, of Westborough, who decided to make the shirts for the Dance Out for Jane fund-raiser, which took place on Saturday. “I thought about how devastated I was when I would break my ankle and couldn’t dance. I can’t imagine having dancing taken away from me.’’