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Playground To Memorialize Weston Woman Injured In Boston Bombing

Victoria McGrath and Jimmy Plourde at the Boston Marathon finish line.
Victoria McGrath and Jimmy Plourde at the Boston Marathon finish line. Photo Credit: GoFundMe

WESTON, Conn. — A GoFundMe site has been launched to build a memorial playground in memory of a Weston woman who dedicated her life to helping others after being injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde created the site after learning Victoria McGrath, who he had carried to safety on April 15, 2013, had died in a Dubai car crash in March.

"For three wonderful years I was able to call Victoria my friend," Plourde says on the site.

"Over the years she worked with children with disabilities, underprivileged children, and American veterans who were recovering from their own trauma."

Plourde is working with Where Angels Play Foundation to have a playground built in McGrath's honor in Bridgeport at Cesar Batalla Elementary school.

Where Angels Play started after the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy in Newtown. The group's mission is to create places to play and "provide hope, recovery, and a return to family values in the wake of senseless violence and tragedy."

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