GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The extended family of a man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing wants to hold a fundraiser to pay for his expenses and thank everyone who has kept him in their thoughts and prayers.
Jeffrey Bauman, 27, who was born in Oaklyn, Camden County, was waiting for his girlfriend near the finish line April 15 when a man placed a package at his feet. It detonated moments later, critically injuring him. He was saved by passers-by, who stanched Bauman’s bleeding and escorted him to safety. The FBI has credited him with helping identify a suspect.
Since then, a number of groups and individuals have held fundraisers for Bauman, a Chelmsford, Mass., resident. At one site, www.gofundme.com/
BucksforBauman, a longtime friend has raised nearly $800,000.
His cousin, Courtney Bauman, and her parents, Jeffrey and Terri Bauman, are hosting a benefit at 2 p.m. May 26 at King’s Lounge on the Airport Circle in Egg Harbor Township. Tickets are $20.
The goal is to try to raise money for Bauman’s new expenses, such as a handicapped-accessible car, prosthetics and modifications to his home, Terri Bauman said. They currently have two bands and a DJ lined up.
From about the time he was 5 years old, Jeffrey Bauman and his family visited the area every summer, Courtney Bauman said, staying with them at their home near the bay in Galloway Township. Courtney and Jeffrey are cousins, several months apart in age.
What did they do when they visited in August?
“(Jeffrey)’s 27, (Courtney)’s 27 and my son (Zachary)’s 22,” Terri Bauman said. “They go to Atlantic City and play. The old folks stay home.”
After the bombing, family members traveled to Boston to see him. It was difficult, Terri Bauman recalled.
“It was good to see him, because it was good to know that he was alive, you know, to get a chance to hear him and see he was still alive,” she said. “It was upsetting, but it was good to know that he would survive.”
Mike Beshay, the owner of King’s Lounge, said he wanted to help because his employee was Bauman’s cousin and he wanted to give back to the community.
The goal was “just to get him as much money as we can,” Courtney Bauman said. “It’s going to be a really good night.”
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