Continuing to Make a Difference in the Lives of Many Children - March 2024

With your help, on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon tragedy, the Memorial Fund is seeking to expand our very successful swimming program to other communities. (look at the faces of these kids 🙂 )

Aside from your all-important donations, we're hoping you might be able help us, help these underprivileged kids in another very important way. It takes time and someone with local government & law emforcement connections, to cut through the bureaucratic red tape in getting a city/town or community willing to start a program that benefits these kids.

We've looking for caring people who would like to help us get the swimming program, (or any other program) for these kids, started in their communities. Think about the difference this can make in someone's life.

Please email us at jrogers(at) if you're interested.


(According to In 2021, 58 unintentional drowning deaths occurred in Massachusetts and 113 non-fatal near-drowning cases required treatment at an acute care hospital.) 

Lowell Police Officer Christine Larocque (pictured in the pool) is one of the swim instructors helping these lucky kids.


Make sure to check out all the events we have established and hosted over the past 5 years to raise funds for the children.

The 2024 Boston Marathon is coming and we've begun the fundraiser that has helped hundreds of children over the past six years.

Please make a donation directly through this website by clicking here.


Without you, we would not be able to support the development and implementation of community programs for young people.   


Runnin’ for a reason: Lowell police officer to participate in Boston Marathon - Officer Christine Larocque to run in support of the Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund

First Grade Coloring Contest Benefits those families who need a bit of assistance.

Today the Memorial Fund in conjunctions with the Lowell PD sponsored a 1st Grade Coloring Contest at various schools in the city. They drew Officer Judy Hopps from Zootopia.

All the kids were winners and the schools helped us identify the parents of at need students who received $5000 in gift cards to Market Basket grocery stores.

This is just another example of how the Memorial Fund works.



The Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory of Sean A. Collier who was Killed In the Line of Duty by the Boston Marathon Bombers on April 18, 2013.

Memorial Fund Background

On April 15, 2013, two explosives went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 264 people. The three killed by the explosions were 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, 8-year-old Martin Richard and 23-year-old Lingzi Lu.

Three days later, on April 18, 2013, at approximately 10:30 pm, Patrol Officer Collier was shot and killed by the two suspects wanted for the terrorist bomb attack during the Boston Marathon. Officer Collier was ambushed and shot multiple times by the suspects while seated in his patrol car on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Officer Collier was transported to the hospital where he died.

The bombing suspects were tracked to Watertown, MA were there was a shootout with law enforcement officers. One of the suspects was killed and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Police Officer Richard H. Donohue Jr. (a Police Academy classmate of Sean’s) was critically wounded but survived. Boston Police Department officer Dennis Simmonds was injured by an explosive device and he died of this injuries almost a year later on April 10, 2014. Eight other officers were also injured in the shootout with law enforcement officers.
The second suspect was apprehended the following day, tried and by unanimous decision sentenced to death on May 15, 2015.

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