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Athletes Going the Extra Mile to Support Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

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There have been so many great stories of humanity that have come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, and adding to the support from the New England Patriots is defensive tackle, Vince Wilfork. After Danny Amendola declared he would give money for every pass, it's reassuring to see others making a difference, too.

How Wilfork is helping

Vince Wilfork has posted on his official Twitter page for people to text VINCE to 50555 to give $10 to the bombing victims through the Vince Wilfork Foundation. All proceeds until the end of this month will go to the victims of the Boston Marathon. His wife Bianca made the deal sweeter by tweeting that if 1,000 people donate through the Vince Wilfork foundation, they will give $10,000.

Wilfork has already reached 1,000 donations, so his foundation will be giving $10,000. In addition to the gifts, Wilfork's desire to help is evident by his Twitter feed that has many posts encouraging people to donate to the relief fund.

Joe Andruzzi

Former New England Patriots player, Joe Andruzzi, is not only a cancer survivor, but a hero. After organizing a group to run in the Boston Marathon, he found himself in the midst of a bomb, not a friendly race. Instead of running for his life, he picked up an injured woman that needed a lift and carried her to safety.

Danny Amendola

New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola has taken to Twitter to present a contract to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing by saying, "I will DONATE $100 for EVERY pass I catch next season to whatever 'Boston Marathon Relief Fund' there is. And $200 for any dropped pass." Not only will this motivate Amendola to catch every pass to help the bombing victims, but it will inspire his team, and hopefully the City of Boston.

The New England Patriots are even accepting donations online with the Kraft family matching them up to $100,000. Hopefully this will start a donation trend with other Patriots players, as well as other athletes around the nation.

Athletes display support for Boston

Beyond the charitable announcements, athletes have taken to Facebook and Twitter to share in the support for Boston through kind words.

Kobe Bryant tweeted, "#unity #peace #love #prayer", along with an Instagram photo saying, "Hearts are with Boston".

LeBron James tweeted, "Prayers go out to those involved/hurt in #BostonMarathon. WTF is wrong with people man. Just sad."

Mike Vick kept his tweet simple with, "Sending my prayers out…"

Pau Gasol's tweet hit home for many when he said, "Shocked and sad to hear about the explosions at the Boston Marathon today. There are things that I will never understand. #PrayForBoston"

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