Superstar Kenny Chesney is putting his fame to good use as he launches the Spread the Love Fund, which helps victims of the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon last month. In addition to giving a sizable donation for the cause, he is establishing this organization to help pay for prosthetics (for those that need them), as well as the ongoing care and physical therapy required.
Like his music, his heart speaks volumes about his intentions to help change the world for the better. The proceeds from download sales of his single “Spread the Love,” a song co-written with The Wailers, will go straight into the fund. Additionally, people are encouraged to donate what they can.
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 laments. “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,” he continues. “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.”
I am honored that Mr. Chesney has selected Boston Medical Center as the home of the Spread the Love Fund,” says Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. “BMC cared for many of the patients most seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, patients who have a long journey of recovery ahead. Over time, the spotlight will fade, but their needs will go on.
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,” Walsh adds. “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.”
We are extremely grateful to Kenny Chesney for spearheading a Boston-based fund that will meet real immediate and future needs: prosthetics and prosthetic therapy for victims. This will help make their long road to recovery a little shorter,” says Mike Brophey, WKLB/Country 102.5 Program Director. “Boston Medical Center, the patients with prosthetic needs, and the City of Boston will quickly and directly benefit from the Spread The Love Fund.”
Fans and those wishing to contribute can download “Spread the Love” at iTunes.
I can’t change what happened,” Chesney says. “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.”