In the past two weeks since the Boston Marathon bombing, we have been called to a kind of duty a parent never seeks, yet is compelled to answer. We have found the strength to endure through the examples of our children. Patrick and Jessica are simply amazing.
Many of you who have showered them and our entire family with affection, emotional sustenance and contributions have asked us for an update on their condition. As individuals, Jess and Patrick share enormous fortitude in their endurance of both multiple surgeries and amputations below the left knee. As a couple, they draw courage from the bond that has tied them together for seven years. Though recovering in different hospitals, they are in regular
touch by phone and through their friends. The road to recovery stretches ahead of them; it will be an arduous one. Yet, we are confident they will manage their rehabilitation with the same spirit of optimism and determination that has guided each of them in these early days of their hospitalization.
Our children have asked us to extend their heartfelt condolences to the families of Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, Sean Collier, and to all those who suffered because of this horrible event. Just as our families have been buoyed by the goodwill of friends and strangers, we know too that this generosity of spirit and resources has been extended to others. We hope all the families hurt by this tragedy will join together in support of one another.
The Kensky and Downes families want to echo the many tributes offered to the first responders and the medical and law enforcement communities. The staffs at Boston Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have expertly and compassionately cared for our children; we cannot heap enough praise on the doctors, nurses, aides and others who work in these fine hospitals.
We have been touched by so many good people.
When we surrender to frustration, our friends from Sacramento, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston and Cambridge are there to restore our equilibrium. If we worry, as parents do, about our children feeling alone in their pain, we see the multitude of their friends visiting, calling and writing. And when we worry about the months ahead, we read words of encouragement via the Internet from people we never met. We thank each of you - friends and strangers - for your support.
A word about Boston: Patrick's family comes from Massachusetts, and although Jessica's family is from Sacramento, she adopted Cambridge as her home. In the past three years, and particularly during the happy days of planning their wedding last August, the Kensky family came to love Boston, too. While this tragedy is personal, we recognize it also as an attack on the city of Boston and our country and we stand with President Barack Obama in his characterization of Boston as a city that opens its heart to the world. Boston certainly has opened her heart to us.
And finally, the traditions of our faiths - Jewish and Christian - teach us that hardship breeds courage, which feeds a strength that leads to rebirth. We know that goodness transcends evil, that where love is, love remains. It is that love we have felt from so many of you that sustains us today, tomorrow, and in the difficult years to come.
-- Katherine and Herman Kensky, Gold River, and Deborah and Brian Downes, Cambridge, Mass.