As America and the rest of the world continues to mourn the loss of those who died as a result of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon and the ongoing efforts to bring the suspects to justice, it's important to remember that, for many of the living victims, the nightmare is far from over.
And all will need a way to pay their mounting medical bills — bills that will continue to pile up over days, week, months, or even years of rehabilitation.
Campaigns launched through GiveForward.com and GoFundMe.com to assist victims who need donations the most have all exceeded their goals by thousands, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"All of those people that were wondering what they could do to help, they suddenly had a resource," said GiveForward CEO Desiree Vargas Wrigley. "Most of these campaigns have exploded because of social media."
There are, of course, several other kinds of efforts to raise cash for bombing victims.
The original version of this story stated that Jeff Bauman does not have health insurance. This is incorrect. That claim was based on a quote from Bauman's uncle, Dale Maybury of Westford, that was cited in The Boston Globe on Thursday. Not only does Bauman have employer-sponsored health coverage through Costco - the company "is also matching donations made by colleagues at the chain's Nashua location," according to a more recent Globe article from Friday. Bauman is being forced to raise funds despite this assistance due to the extraordinarily high costs associated with the amount of current and ongoing care that he requires.