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MassBay raises thousands of dollars in honor of Marathon victim Krystle Campbell

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 2, 2013 11:54 AM

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Massachusetts Bay Community College

Runners begin the 5K race on Sunday benefitting a scholarship fund set up in Krystle Campbell's name. Campbell was killed at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15.

Massachusetts Bay Community College raised $6,500 this weekend during the school's 5K benefitting their Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund, which honors the school's 29-year-old former student who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing this year.

The 5K race snaked through MassBay's Wellesley campus on Sunday to benefit the fund that was started this year in Campbell's honor, which aims to help students in the business field. Campbell graduated from MassBay in 2005 with an associate degree in business administration, according to the school.

So far, officials have raised a total of $17,000 for Campbell's scholarship fund. Officials said they expect to offer the scholarship to one student per year.

“Krystle was at MassBay to work hard, strengthen her skills, get a good job, and improve her life," said Michelle Drolet, chairwoman of the colllege's foundation. "We believe there is no better way to honor Krystle than to provide financial support to future MassBay students who are trying to do the same thing Krystle did.”

At the race on Sunday, those who knew Campbell personally also came out to honor her memory.

“I know that Krystle would be pleased with what MassBay is doing for future students,” said Tyera Godfrey, who grew up in Medford with Krystle and attended the event. “Everyone’s attitude was so positive and encouraging – it was like Krystle was walking with us. Doing this walk was very therapeutic and gave me some closure, even though I have to face the fact that she’s not coming back.”

Campbell, 29, was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 when two bombs exploded, allegedly detonated by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Campbell was one of three people killed in the attack. Dozens more were injured.

For more information on the fund started at MassBay, visit the school's website.
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