Thousands of people are gathering today in Boston to remember the three lives lost, and the countless number of people injured, a year ago in the horrific bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon. Anthony Amado of New Jersey remembers being at work and hearing the news of the bombings one year ago.
"We would never wish the devastation and pain we have experienced on any of you," said Patrick Downes, who was among the many injured in the twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon. "However, we do wish that all of you, at some point in your lives, feel as loved as we have felt this last year. It has been the most humbling experience of our lives. We hope you feel all the emotion we feel when we say 'thank you.'"
Patrick Downes had just gotten married prior to the marathon last year. Both Patrick and his wife lost a leg in the bombings.
Anthony Amado of New Jersey had many friends and family who were either running or spectating the marathon last year. “I was terrified when I heard the news. I was blessed to not have anyone close to me injured. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected” said Anthony Amado.
Anthony Amado was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey. Coming from a large loving family, Anthony has developed a strong sense of determination and compassion for others. Growing up Anthony was in involved in church activities and an elite traveling soccer team. Traveling with the team required teamwork and dedication. It also allowed Anthony the chance to travel abroad and learn about new cultures and people at a young age.
Anthony attended college at Montclair State University, in Montclair, New Jersey. While in college Anthony continued to play colligate soccer. It was in college where Anthony’s strong interest in business and marketing started to grow. Anthony joined an international business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPSI) in college. The organization elected Anthony to the position of pledge class president. Alpha Kappa Psi was founded on the principles of educating its members and the public to appreciate and de mand higher.
In the professional world, Anthony joined a growing company and has continued to help it grow. To get the business where it is at today, Anthony had to work three jobs at times to make it happen. The hard work and dedication that Anthony developed at a young age has carried through today.