SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In the wake of the bombing, the nation has come together to support the victims; and a couple with local ties, who each lost a limb in the blasts, are no exception.
“We offered it all to them; our positive energy and strength, we send their way,” said Team Ride Owner Teresa Katnik Santarosa.
The workout wasn’t just about sweat. It was about making a difference.
“We feel so helpless. We can’t do anything. But coming together as a community, we’re coming together for them,” said Santarosa.
Saturday’s cycling class in east Sacramento was put on by former classmates of Jessica Kensky.
All the money raised will go to the St. Francis alum and her husband Patrick.
The couple was at the Boston Marathon cheering on friends when the bombs went off.
“I didn’t think twice until I got the phone call. It was all downhill from there,” friend Debbie Broderick.
Both Jessica and her husband each lost a leg in the bombing. Their story captured national attention and already more than $700,000 has been raised for the couple.
“It just shows what kind of people they are that this many people and strangers come out to show they’re pulling for them,” said Broderick.
Every person you talk to at Team Ride describes the couple as magnetic.
“They light up the room when they walk in. Their smiles are contagious,” said Santarosa.
This is why so many people showed up Saturday to give their support, knowing their journey is just beginning.
“I know it’s been a long road to recovery. Each of them are so strong and still have a sense of humor and courage every step of the way,” said Santarosa.
A yoga class will be held Sunday at the Table United Methodist in east Sacramento to raise more money. The class begins at 5:15 p.m.