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Second fundraiser held for Nashua family struggling to pay off large medical bills post-Boston Marathon bombings

NASHUA – It’s one thing to recover from the horrible injuries caused by a senseless act like the Boston Marathon bombings.

It’s something else to watch bills mount to the point where a mountain of debt could undo a life of hard work. ...

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NASHUA – It’s one thing to recover from the horrible injuries caused by a senseless act like the Boston Marathon bombings.

It’s something else to watch bills mount to the point where a mountain of debt could undo a life of hard work.

The Galvis family has been dealing with that reality.

Martha and Alvaro Galvis, of Nashua, who have many weeks ahead of them in Boston-area hospitals, are facing ever-increasing medical bills, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Support for the Galvis family has come slowly. So far their fund on GiveForward.com has raised about $59,000 of a $500,000 goal.

An event at Martha’s Exchange, a favorite Nashua restaurant of the Galvises, where servers donated all tips to the couple and the owner matched those donations, raised about $11,000. The city of Nashua also donated $500 to them.

Now a second fundraiser has been set up to help. On Saturday, June 8, Clery’s Bar and Restaurant in Boston will host an event from 6-10 p.m. to help out, with prizes available.

Martha and Alvaro Galvis, who have lived in Nashua for more than 20 years, have been attending the Boston Marathon for more than four decades to cheer on those running. They were right near the finish line on April 15 when the two explosions went off.

Martha Galvis nearly lost her leg and is learning to walk again, though doctors say she is advancing beyond their expectations. She also had her wedding ring finger on her left hand amputated because her wedding band cut off circulation when her hand was injured. While doctors expected she could return home some time in early June, the family has to wait a little longer as she embarks on at least two more surgeries – 8 total on just her left hand.

Alvaro Galvis has mostly healed from his minor physical injuries, but he continues to see therapists for post-traumatic stress disorder.

His family says he has not left his wife’s bedside in the hospital since she was admitted about a month-and-a-half ago.

“He’s trying to work with disability lawyers, and the One Fund lawyers from the Boston Bar Association to see what my parents qualify for, because they will not be able to work again and there is still uncertainty around the extent of medical need my mom will need going forward,” Alvaro and Martha Galvis’ daughter Erika recently posted online.

The family say they’re still incredibly grateful and thankful for those who have contributed to them so far. Alvaro Galvis recently said he was very grateful to see hundreds donating on the GiveForward.com page.

Clery’s Restaurant and Bar has donated the space for this event, as well as some free food for the event. Pretty Things Brewery has donated a keg of beer. Organizers will be asking for a suggested donation of $40 at the door that includes a free raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be sold inside the establsihment for $5 each, or five for $20. Every raffle item has been donated, so 100 percent of the profits will go directly to the family.

Samantha Allen can be reached at 594-6426 or sallen@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Allen on Twitter (@Telegraph_SamA).