Fundraiser for Louisville native injured in Boston Marathon bombing
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A Louisville native was just ten feet away from the Boston marathon bomb that killed 3 people and injured hundreds of others.
Her friends here in Louisville are rallying around her while Rebekah Gregory sits in a Boston hospital recovering from her injuries.
Gregory was standing at the finish line with her son and boyfriend when the bombs went off.
They were there to cheer on her boyfriend's mom who was running the race.
Gregory suffered two broken bones in her left leg, a broken ankle and a broken foot.
While she undergoes painful and costly surgeries in Boston, her friends are gathered in Louisville to support.
"She says every time she thinks about it, she just starts crying and she can't believe how much everybody in Louisville is doing for her," said Ashley Trzaskus, organizer of the event and a friend of Rebekah's.
Trzaskus threw the event together in just two weeks, complete with a silent auction, a raffle, a DJ, a band and food.
"She's one of us so it's really exciting to see so many people come together for her," Trzaskus told WDRB.
She said she's overwhelmed with all the help she's had putting the fundraiser together.
Local businesses donated hundreds of dollars worth of goods for the silent auction.
100% of the proceeds are going to Rebekah to help with medical expenses.
"It's just really touching. Louisville is such a big city but it's really kind of small. Everybody seems to really care about each other," said Trzaskus.
Brownie's Grille and Bar even donated their space for the event along with 50% of food proceeds.
"I think it's cool we can at least attempt to make a difference this far away, especially for someone in your own community who's affected by it," said Jason Brown, co-owner of Brownie's "The Shed" Grille & Bar.
Rebekah no longer lives in Louisville. She moved away about a year ago but Trzaskus says the distance and time doesn't matter.
"It's really made me realize no matter how much time goes by, true friends will always be there."
They hoped to raise $5,000. If you missed the event but would like to help, click here.
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