Running across eight states for a cause

Aaron Krause • Jan 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM

When Norwalk High School graduate Matt Ryerson and a group of other runners reach the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April, they hope they'll have spread awareness -- a recognition that the tragedy's victims still need support.

The runners, including the 1989 Norwalk High School graduate, will have just completed a marathon of their own, completely separate from the Boston Marathon. The journey will have encompassed more than 1,000 miles, spanned eight states and the District of Columbia and lasted eight days.

Along the way, they'll talk to representatives from various organizations about the victims' need for help. A tangible example: 13 people suffered amputations during the bombing, several of whom were children.

The 42-year-old Ryerson and his wife, Heather, have three children 5-year-old Chloe, 7-year-old Jackson and 18-month-old Gabi. A story about Ryerson and the group's efforts was published recently in the Norwalk Reflector.

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