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Gronk, Ridley, dodgeball continue Patriots' efforts in support of bombing victims

Posted by David D'Onofrio  April 23, 2013 12:17 AM

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At least half a dozen victims of the Boston Marathon bombings found time to smile on Monday, when Patriots Rob Gronkowski and Stevan Ridley became the latest pair of local athletes to visit the rehabilitating as they recover in area hospitals.

Last week it was teammate Julian Edelman who was bedside with Jeff Bauman -- the Chelmsford man who lost his legs in the blasts, then reportedly helped officials identify the bombers -- and Monday the Pats receiver pledged his support to another effort geared toward aiding the recovery. Edelman says he's in for Saturday's dodgeball game at Durfee High School in Fall River, which is presented by Ridley and Dodgeballin' for Kids. Featuring a "special guest team," it begins at noon and will raise money for "the children of the Boston Marathon tragedy."

Meanwhile, Vince Wilfork continues to donate to victim support for every retweet; Kyle Arrington embarks on a national interview tour to drum up awareness and raise funds; Arrington and Zoltan Mesko will donate to victim relief a portion of the proceeds from Thursday night's draft party at the Kowloon in Saugus; Danny Amendola and Devin McCourty maintain that they'll make performance-based contributions to the cause once the season begins; plus other Pats players have said and done things, both in front and behind the scenes of social media, to lend whatever support they can.

Looks like Robert Kraft's organization is standing together in support of Boston. Figuratively. And literally.

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