BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - His family survived a tragedy that affected the entire country, and now a Boston man wants to give back to those around the United States who supported his city.
Chuck Furey has come a long way from Boston to Baton Rouge on his motorcycle Purple Haze, and he's not stopping in the Capital City. Chuck is riding 14,000 miles to raise money for five different charitable foundations.
"It all started on a beautiful afternoon in April," said Furey.
Chuck and his family were cheering on runners in the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
"When that bomb went off, my wife came out. My daughter was there. My daughter's now fiancé was there and they looked down the street and the second bomb went off right in front of us," said Furey.
Chuck's daughter would go on to run the Boston Marathon the next year and finish. She was never a runner. Inspired and entering retirement, the father of two decided to do something himself to heal and give back.
"It just kinda morphed into 'why don't I do a foundation in each corner of the country?'"
Five different foundations for the military and support for families of cancer patients, organizations helping people in crisis because of a traumatic event. Something Chuck can relate to. That's why he's riding now and he's already raised $40,000.
"My lofty goal was a million so we're not there yet," said Furey. "We got a long way to go."
Chuck urged anybody who has been touched by cancer out or was in the military to check out his website and donate. www.theoneride.net.
Maybe he'll reach that million by the time he travels to the four farthest corners of the U.S.