Martin Richard was known
as a peace maker. Learn more about
his life and message.
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The Martin Richard Bridge Builder campaign challenges kids, teens and families across the country to take action that fosters greater togetherness, compassion, peace and kindness in their communities through service projects that build bridges and bring people together.
The campaign is in honor of Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy who was tragically killed when the second of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read, "No more hurting people - Peace" circulated the Internet and was shared by media outlets worldwide. Martin's view of peace went well beyond simply wanting to prevent violence. To him, peace meant things like togetherness, compassion, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and being kind.
The Martin Richard Bridge Builder campaign seeks to inspire, equip and mobilize youth to change their communities and the world through peace and kindness, whether it is a small act of kindness, a volunteer project or a social movement.
About the Martin Richard Foundation: The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.
Bill and Denise Richard determined it was fitting that the foundation should honor Martin’s message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community. As a result, their Foundation was formed on January 2, 2014.
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