The Richard family
The Richard family
Bill and Jane Richard waited for a doctor at Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary in February.
Jane ran down the stairs at home. Back at school, her teachers marveled at her resilience; Jane didn’t dwell on her limitations and even hoped to play soccer that fall.
In time, the pace of life and activities resumed. Inspired by the boats they saw from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the family took up sailing.
A Phoenix Coyotes jersey emblazoned with Martin Richard’s name, worn by defenseman and Boston-area native Keith Yandle, hung in the Richard family living room.
The Richards brought Jane to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown. The change of scenery was a welcome relief from the many buzzers and beeps of intensive care.
Denise Richard lingered in the doorway as her son Henry headed off to school. The Richards have struggled with the death of Martin and their own injuries over the past year.
The Richards resisted efforts to make Jane a symbol of resilience, but they agreed to a public appearance when the Red Sox asked Jane’s youth choir to sing the national anthem before a playoff game. As long as she wasn’t singled out, they thought it would be fine. Of course, Jane was unmistakable as soon as she walked on the field.
For Jane’s eighth birthday, the Richards hosted a gingerbread-making party at a nearby bakery, which had raised thousands of dollars for the family in Martin’s honor.
In December, the Richards went to the White House at the invitation of the Obamas. Jane marveled at the holiday decorations; the president joked in response: “I was up all night setting them up.”
Henry Richard flipped through his homework before leaving for school.
Jane covered her ears as organizers, runners, and members of her family cheered during a group photo at a kickoff event for Team MR8, the Richard family's Marathon team to honor Martin, at Fenway Park.
The family has received what Bill estimates to be thousands of letters in the wake of the bombings.
Jane and Henry prepared to trick-or-treat on Halloween.
The house was alive with activity as the Richards began setting up their foundation, which provided a welcome distraction. But they worried about when things quieted down.
Jane exulted in her new prosthesis that would offer her the ability to run.
Jane spent nearly six weeks at Spaulding after the bombings, and returned many times for physical therapy.
Jane hugged Gary Martino of United Prosthetics, who had helped fit and adjust her new running blade.
Denise and Henry left track practice, one of the many activities that kept him busy.
A photo of Martin holding a sign he made for an antiviolence rally became his icon. Artist Dianne Nyitray-Kaericher made a sketch of the image for a calendar and sent it to the Richards.
The Richards walked along Truro’s shore in August. The summer routine, often a trip to New Hampshire, took on a different meaning without Martin. They needed new memories.