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From:  Anna Maria Chávez, National CEO

Date:  April 16, 2013

Subject:  Boston Marathon

Yesterday, our nation watched in horror as innocent Americans and athletes from around the world were victimized by the bombs that exploded during the Boston Marathon. 

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts had a team of runners participating in the Marathon, made up of volunteers who were running to raise money for our Movement.  I am very happy to report that all of our runners and council staff are accounted for and unharmed.  It is important that we remember however, that among the inured are likely to be women and men with a connection to our Movement; who themselves were Girl Scouts, or whose daughters, sisters, mothers, or friends were involved in Girl Scouting at one time in their lives.   

 The Girl Scout family was attacked yesterday, because the American family was attacked yesterday, and the two are inextricably linked together.  For most of us, this kind of attack on our country gives rise to the palpable feelings of shock, hurt, and remorse carry with them shades of that terrible September morning twelve years ago.  But we must remember that courage trumps fear every time; that our Movement is stronger when we turn towards one another for comfort and strength, and when we remember that for all the damage that a cowardly bomb can inflict, it can never break our spirit, or our will. 

Our entire Movement mourns with America today.  We mourn for the precious lives that were lost, and send our love and support to the families of those injured in this horrible act.  We send our thoughts, our prayers, and our love to our sisters and brothers in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and we resolve to rededicate ourselves to the core values of our Movement: to be courageous and strong in the face of violence, considerate and caring in the wake of tragedy, and to be a sister to every Girl Scout, in this difficult time of need. 

God bless you all on this sad and difficult day.