As many of us watched the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, the unthinkable happened: two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three people and injuring more than 250 others.
Out of the tumult and violence of last year’s marathon, the UMass community has come together to honor one of the victims, Krystle Campbell, a graduate of UMass Boston and member of our UMass family, with the Run for Krystle team. The team is running in the 2014 marathon to support a scholarship fund created in her memory by UMass Trustee Richard Campbell (no relation).
“Krystle Campbell and I are not related, but she certainly could have been a member of my family, my neighbor or my classmate in Medford,” said Trustee Campbell.
“We share more than just a last name,” Campbell continued, “I felt an immediate kinship because I walked a similar path to the one Krystle was on – working tirelessly to get a good education and achieve her dreams."
“It’s a dream many of us can relate to, and her journey was so tragically cut short,” he said.
The Run for Krystle team is raising money to support the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund. The 15-member team includes six UMass students (with all five campuses represented) and five alumni.
Undergraduates Get Involved
Corinne Ainsworth ’14 (pictured above), an Honors student at UMass Amherst, is representing the Amherst campus as a current undergraduate.
“I am running for Krystle Campbell, for her family and for all those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings,” she said, “But I am also running for all the future UMass students who will benefit from the Krystle Campbell Scholarship.”
Megan Kingston ‘14, student trustee, was tasked by Trustee Campbell with finding a student from UMass Amherst who would run in memory of Krystle, and approached Ainsworth.
When Campbell asked for her support, Trustee Kingston “immediately knew this was something [she] wanted to be involved with.”
“[Megan] knew I loved to run, so she asked me, and I immediately said ‘yes.’ This was an opportunity I could not pass up,” said Ainsworth.
“I am so proud of my UMass education and so privileged to have had access to it,” Ainsworth continued, “and I am excited that this scholarship will open up similar doors for future students.”
Along with Ainsworth, Gary Lapidus ’84 and Kerrin Campbell Ryan ’95 will represent UMass Amherst on the Run for Krystle team. Everyone on the team will be running the entire length of the marathon.
“Running the Boston Marathon is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Ainsworth, “The incredible privilege I feel to be a part of a team commemorating Krystle Campbell is what has fueled me during my training and fundraising and will help me complete 26.2 miles on Marathon Monday.”
“As we approach Marathon Monday, we are keenly reminded of the tragedy and resilience of last year,” Kingston continued, “Please join the community in honoring the legacy of one of our own.”
Acts of Remembrance
As part of the weekend remembrance, the UMass Minuteman Marching Band will perform at the opening ceremony of the April 20 Red Sox game, where they will play “Highland Cathedral” with bagpipers as “America 4 Boston” prayer canvases are carried into Fenway Park.
Now standing at $300,000, the fund’s commitment is expected to increase to $360,000 through this year’s Marathon team, and eventually to $1 million.
The scholarship fund will support scholarships and other projects on all five UMass campuses that advance young women, like Krystle Campbell, interested in pursuing careers in business. Funds awarded to students from each campus will be disbursed at the discretion of the Chancellors of the Amherst, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester campuses and the dean of UMass Boston’s College of Management.
Donations can be made by visiting runforkrystle.com.