In the wake of the horror in Boston, I couldn't go to bed tonight without letting you all know that Crystal is okay.
Crystal is a beautiful person who was running the marathon for Ty. Lou and I were so incredibly touched by her benevolence. Running a marathon is such a tremendous accomplishment, and the fact that she chose to share the glory of her achievement with Ty, to fundraise for his foundation, was such an incredible honor. She is one of several people who have chosen to dedicate their athletic achievements to the cause, and it has been so humbling.
It should have been a joyous event for the thousands of men and women who trained so hard for this day. It should have been a beautiful day of triumph and perseverance. I am horrified over the pure evil that erupted on the streets of Boston today.
Just two years ago, I carried Ty in my arms for hours and stood at the sidelines during the NY marathon to cheer on Lou and Debi. It was one of the greatest days of my life. At the finish line there was an overwhelming energy where even those of us cheering in the crowds shared in the triumph of the runners. We beamed with pride. We were inspired.
What kind of sick person can witness such a beautiful occasion, and instead see an opportunity for terror and destruction. An opportunity to injure and kill innocent people who were gathered in celebration of human strength and togetherness. I am in shock, disgust and disbelief.
Thank you, Ty, for making sure Crystal was okay today. Since you got sick, I have learned how incredibly sad and hard life is. How quickly things can change. How little control we have. I'm so sorry that hundreds of people were just thrown into the same reality and I pray for them with all my heart.