, Salem, MA

May 9, 2013

Letter: Salem family continuing recovery from bombings, thanks supporters

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

First of all, we would like to thank every organization, group and individual in the community who has offered us donations and well-wishes since the Boston Marathon. The responses we’ve gotten from the community have been overwhelming and have run the gamut: everything from donations to the fund established for our family; to offers to pet sit/babysit/houseclean/landscape/chauffeur and everything in between; to at least one freezer on the North Shore that is full to the brim with meals, ensuring that we won’t have to cook for months; and to friends, acquaintances and strangers alike who have offered up prayers and good thoughts as we are recovering from the events of that day.

We truly appreciate everything that has been done for us, and it has given our family some peace of mind knowing that we are truly taken care of, in every sense. If we tried to thank everybody individually, we would inevitably leave someone out, but know that we are eternally grateful to everyone.

We would also like you all to know that Steve and Leo are both home and doing very well in their recovery. Leo is getting back to his routine, going on play dates and some daycare part time, and happy to be home with his kitties and goldfish. Steve continues to recover, as well, and is thrilled to be home and doing rehab on an outpatient basis. We are all happy that spring is finally here and we will be able to enjoy some family time going to the park and doing other activities that will bring back the normalcy.

Finally, we would like to thank you all for helping to protect our privacy during our recovery. There have been many heroic and heartbreaking stories from the victims of this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with them every day. We respect their decision to tell their story, but we would ask that you continue to respect our privacy as we continue to heal. We decided as a family that we would not share our personal story with the media at this time and instead focus our energy on recovering both mentally and physically. Your respect for our privacy has allowed us to do that, and we are eternally grateful.

Thank you all again for the wonderful support you’ve given us. We are so happy and proud to be members of this community, and we look forward to enjoying the North Shore in the coming summer months. We are truly grateful.

Warmest regards,

Steve, Amber and Leo Woolfenden