KENNY CHESNEY AT BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER. PHOTO PROVIDED.
Country superstar Kenny Chesney performed two sold-out concerts at Gillette Stadium in August but made sure to take the time for a pitstop at Boston Medical Center (BMC) to visit with patients who suffered severe injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings and the doctors, nurses, and support staff who treated them.
Chesney established the Spread the Love Fund after the bombings in conjunction with BMC to help those who needed amputations be able to afford prosthetics and the fittings, physical therapy, and ongoing care that’s required with these kinds of severe injuries. He co-wrote and recorded the song, “Spread The Love” with the Wailers, and proceeds go to the fund.
We reported that Chesney told his loyal members of “No Shoes Nation” on Good Morning America in August that he’s also selling T-shirts and donating the proceeds. “We are selling these [Spread The Love] shirts for Boston Medical Center,” Chesney said on the GMA concert stage. “It’s a fund to help the victims of the Boston Marathon whose lives were changed that day forever, through no fault of their own. We started the fund and proceeds from the song downloads and the shirts goes to victims to get prothetic limbs.”
“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 said at Boston Medical Center during his visit. “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.’”