Kenny Chesney Helps ‘Spread the Love’ to Boston Marathon Victims
Along with the rest of the world, Kenny Chesney was stunned by the news of what happened at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. So many musicians reacted with love and support, sending their best wishes to all of the victims. In the midst of such tragedy and confusion, the 'Pirate Flag' hitmaker decided to take action, establishing Spread the Love: A Fund for Boston.
With the assistance of WKLB/Boston, the singer has established the fund through Boston Medical Center to pay for prosthetics and post-acute care needed by Boston Marathon bombing victims at BMC or other Boston hospitals. It was launched with an undisclosed sizable donation from Chesney, and will also receive proceeds from sales of the song 'Spread the Love,' which was co-written and recorded with the Wailers, from his new album 'Life on a Rock,' released April 30. Direct donations to Spread the Love are also encouraged.
“It’s hard to imagine a world where taking your children to school, going to the movies or witnessing something as iconic as the Boston Marathon is a dangerous thing to do,” Chesney says. “For me, I want to help give these people as much of their lives back as possible, but I’d also like to counteract some of the negativity in the world… Remind people that there are more good people out there, and it’s up to us to ‘Spread the Love.’ "Music can be healing," Chesney adds. "When you’re at your lowest, it can inspire – the way these athletes, their friends, family and the city of Boston inspire me. I want to give back to the ones who need it, but also to heal all of us a little bit. So, spread the love."
“We thank Mr. Chesney for stepping forward to make sure these and all the Marathon patients have all the support they need over the long haul,” says Kate Walsh, President/CEO of BMC. “Thank you for embracing Boston, these patients and their families, and everyone who has gotten us through this very challenging time. Your generosity, vision and support will keep us Boston Strong.”
The artist, who admits that the Boston Marathon attacks make him think more deeply about his concert security, just wants to use his generous act of kindness to combat negativity. “I can’t change what happened,” Chesney reflects. “I can’t imagine how the families, as well the city of Boston, feel – and I want to do what I can. If we can all remember that the negativity only wins if we let it, that’s a good start. That, and helping these families with this huge process of dealing with a prosthetic. Hopefully, we can all come together and make a difference.”