Fleet Feet to host blood drive honoring Boston Marathon victims

Created: 04/14/2014 11:15 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

Tuesday marks one year since the bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured 260.

In Rochester, the sports store Fleet Feet is hosting a blood drive to honor the victims.

Kathleen Champagne of Brockport trains at Fleet Feet. She ran the Boston Marathon last year and had just crossed the finish line when the chaos ensued.

"I knew when I heard the bomb it wasn't good," she said.

Despite the horrific events, Champagne plans to run again this year. She says the anniversary of the bombings won't be easy.

"I'm sure it's going to be very emotional. I expect it to be."

Champagne is heading to Boston with three other local runners who have been training with her at Fleet Feet. She says taking part in the blood drive is a great way for her to show her support for Boston.

"We're going to come back stronger than ever," she said. "I think Boston has already come back stronger than ever."

Runner and Fleet Feet employee Kim Smith says she plans to donate blood in honor of one of her friends who was injured when the bombs went off.

"I know it's not going to help them directly, but it just goes to show I'm supporting them and everything they went through," Smith said.

If you'd like to donate blood, stop by Fleet Feet at 155 Culver Road in Rochester on Tuesday between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

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