Chase and Marshall, who were baseball teammates at Danvers High, hadn’t seen each other in years when they came across each other that day. Other locals in the group were Chase’s wife, Dena; Marshall’s girlfriend, Lauren Gibbs of Gloucester; his sister, Jackie Marshall, and her boyfriend, Steven Foss of Salem; the Marshalls’ cousin, Kellie Marshall; and Dena’s sister Taylor DeLuca, who grew up in Danvers, and her boyfriend, Andy Bartlett of Gloucester.
Mike Chase suffered a concussion and hearing loss from a ruptured eardrum, and Marshall had similar injuries, but all nine escaped more serious injuries.
Since that day, the group has remained close, and wanting to do something for the Richard family, they formed a committee to hold a fundraiser. The event will include dinner, drinks, music, raffles, and a silent and live auction. Both Dena Chase and Dan Marshall plan to run the marathon for Team MR8, the Martin Richard team. Kellie Marshall is also running that day.
“At the time, we were not really sure how to go about it (helping the family), so what we did was we contacted the One Fund, because they knew a middle person between the family and the One Fund,” Chase said. An intermediary reached out and got the family’s blessing for a fundraiser in Martin Richard’s name. They later learned that a close family member lives in Danvers.
“We are all in the same boat,” Dan Marshall said. “We were all affected by that day. It’s just a good opportunity to get the community together and get everyone behind us for this whole event.”
“We want to do one more good thing for this family and try to pay it forward,” Mike Chase said.
Dena said being able to do something for the Richard family has helped her cope with the trauma of that day.