A ‘Strong’ show of support

Written by Gillian Smith
 | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:33

As many reflect on the events at the 2013 Boston Marathon and rejoice in the success of the 2014 Marathon this past Monday, one Duxbury athlete is carrying his memories with him at every game.

Timmy Blanch, a fifth grader at Duxbury Middle School, chose to remember the tragic events of last year’s Marathon bombings and honor those who lost their lives and who were injured in a very ‘Duxbury’ way.

As part of his birthday present last year, Blanch designed a custom lacrosse stick that included his name and the phrase “Boston Strong” along one side of the stick. In support of the Duxbury Dragons, as well as Boston, the stick is green with shamrocks all over it.

“I got it just so that I could show support to everyone involved in the bombings,” he said.

Blanch, who is the ball boy for the Duxbury High School boys’ lacrosse team, used the stick for the first time last week in a game against Cohasset. As he brought it out at the game, he said many people commented on the stick and the importance of its message.

“We thought it was a good time to take it out, since it’s the one year anniversary,” he said. “Right now I’m just using it for the high school games but I will use it for regular games soon.”

In an ironic twist, Blanch's mother, Deb, ran the Boston Marathon when she was pregnant with her son, and so the two have another, deeper connection with the event. While neither were at the Marathon last year, they both said they feel strongly about honoring those affected by the bombing.

“He likes to say he’s already run the Marathon,” Deb Blanch said. “Maybe someday he will again.”