SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 17, 2013

Salem boy, dad injured while watching mom run

BY TOM DALTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — A young Salem boy who went to the Boston Marathon to watch his mother cross the finish line was, along with his father, among the more than 170 victims of Monday’s bomb blasts.

Leo Woolfenden, a preschooler, was taken to Children’s Hospital Boston, while his father, Stephen Woolfenden, 38, was listed in critical condition at Boston Medical Center last night.

Children’s Hospital, which treated several young victims of the terrorist bombing, would not confirm that the Salem boy was a patient there or give a condition report.

An employee at Boston Medical Center said Stephen Woolfenden underwent surgery yesterday.

The father and son went into Boston to watch Amber Woolfenden, 41, a veteran distance runner reportedly competing in her first Boston Marathon.

Woolfenden was one of two official entrants from the Wicked Running Club of Salem, according to the club’s website.

The club received two official entries from the Boston Athletic Association, the marathon organizers, for its volunteer work the past few years manning a PowerGel station on the marathon course. Woolfenden’s name was chosen from a club raffle.

A club spokesperson declined to comment.

Amber Woolfenden reportedly was in a crowd of runners stopped before they reached the finish line in Copley Square.

Woolfenden and her husband are both scientists, according to city records.