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NY Times Profiles Elena Barbera, Climbing for a Cause

Photo: Gretchen Erti for the New York Times

We recently profiled “Eliot School Mom” and Charlestown resident, Elena Barbera, about how she was climbing Bunker Hill Monument for a month to raise money for the 14 victims of the Boston Marathon attacks who are now amputees.

Friday’s New York Times features Elena and her efforts:

Elena Barbera, a writer who has lived in Boston for 14 years, climbs it every morning to look over a city slowly recovering from the Boston Marathon bombings, which, about one month ago, killed three people and injured more than 260.

“I’m not trying to beat any fitness records — I just have to get to the top every day,” said Ms. Barbera, a slight 39-year-old who is ascending the 294 steps of the monument’s stone spiral staircase for 30 days straight to raise money for the marathon attack’s amputees.

Continue reading at the New York Times.

North Ender Becca Griffin is organizing folks to climb with Elena and can be contacted at

Elena’s campaign has raised over $8,000 as of this writing. See more information and how to donate here.