Marathon Runner To Launch Fund To Help Injured

WILKES-BARRE — The stories of runners from our area who ran in the Boston Marathon continue to pour in, but one runner from Luzerne County wants to move forward instead of looking back.

She plans to help injured runners in Boston.

Monday was the third time that Eva Ofcharsky of Wilkes-Barre ran in the Boston Marathon.

But this time was unlike any other.

“Saw my husband, waved to him, crossed the finish line and then it was several minutes after,” Ofcharsky recalled.

She says the explosions shook her and caused so much chaos it took her almost a half hour to find her friends and family members in the crowd.

Ofcharsky says she hasn’t been able to bring herself to wear the shirt from the Boston Marathon because it was such a bittersweet experience. But she says she hopes to shed a positive light on the race by raising money for those who were injured.

“It’s not going to happen in a day. It’s going to be months. It’s going to be years for their rehabilitation, so we want to give back.”

Eva and her friends are now running toward a new goal. They’re in the process of setting up a donation fund at Eva’s bank for those injured in the explosions.

“That’s what the world is about. We need the love. You need positiveness. You need to see the brighter light on something that has put some darkness into our lives.”

Once the fund is set up, we will provide information on how to donate.

Eva said when she crosses the finish line for this goal, it won’t be met with devastation.