A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing who lost both of his legs during the horrific terror attack sent a heartfelt message this week to survivors of Sunday night’s Las Vegas shooting, encouraging them to hold on to hope.
“To those who lost friends and loved ones — I’m so sorry,” Jeff Bauman wrote. “I know there are no words that can bring comfort, but please know that the world is behind you.”
The Boston bombing survivor, whose plight is the subject of the new film “Stronger,” starring actor Jake Gyllenhaal, also went on to address injured victims who are waking up in the hospital after the shooting and wondering how life will ever be the same again.
Bauman said that he knows this pain all too well and proceeded to offer up some advice.
To those who lost friends and loved ones—I’m so sorry. I know there are no words that can bring comfort but please know…
“Remember that healing your mind is just as important as healing your physical, visible injuries,” he said. “It took me too many years and dark moments to realize that and it is so, so important.”
Bauman continued, “You will walk again. You will laugh again. You will dance again. You will live again.”
He concluded his post by encouraging people to donate to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund. The GoFundMe account that was put together to benefit victims of the shooting has already raised more than $8 million of its $10 million goal.