Crowdfunding Site Raises Money For National Hero

Following the Boston bombings last week, President Obama assured Americans that the nation wouldn’t be shaken by terror.  Many Bostonians credit Jeff Bauman, a spectator at the marathon who lost both his legs in the attack, for helping authorities find the perpetrators.  Bauman’s friends created a crowdfunding page to help pay for his medical care because Bauman doesn’t have health insurance.

The 27-year old Bauman is seen as a national hero for helping authorities identify the suspects in the bombings.  According to investigators, one of the bombers looked straight at Bauman moments before the first bomb exploded.  After surgeons stabilized the Good Samaritan following the loss of his legs, Jeff asked his brother for a pen and paper to write down what he saw.

“Bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.” Jeff’s brother rushed the note to nearby investigators who released the suspect’s photo and description to the media shortly after confirming with Jeff that he indeed saw the bomber.

Bauman is in stable condition following his surgery, but doesn’t have health insurance to pay for the operation or the future medical care that he needs to recover from the explosion.  Jeff’s friends created a crowdfunding site called “Bucks For Bauman” to raise money for his recovery.  The website’s funding goal is $300,000, and by the weekend it had already raised over $205,000 from approximately 5,100 donations.

The team of friends wrote a message on the site, urging people to continue making donations to help out a national hero.

“Medical bills are going to start rolling in, let's get a head start on helping out Bauman and his family.  Every dollar counts!!”