Jim Riley, bassist for metalcore outfit The Ghost Inside, took part in this year’s Boston Marathon that took place yesterday (April 17th 2017). Along with being a native of Boston, Riley was running the marathon in support of the non-profit organisation The Herren Project, founded by former NBA player, Chris Herren.
The Herren Project aims to provide “assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, including effective treatment, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow”, according to their website. Riley explains he was running in honour of his mother, who faced a “pretty big medical issue” just before Christmas.
Along with this, the bassist was also running in honour of his fellow band mates in The Ghost Inside, who are still recovering from a tragic tour bus accident that happened on November 19th 2015, in which the band’s tour bus collided head on with another vehicle whilst on US Highway 180 near El Paso, Texas. “It means a lot to be out here running for my other guys in The Ghost Inside that aren’t quite ready to run yet, but hopefully someday soon”, Riley said.
Along with claiming the lives of the drivers of both vehicles, Greg Hoke and Steven Cunningham, the accident also resulted in vocalist Jonathan Vigil, guitarist Zach Johnson, drummer Andrew Tkaczyk, and two other passengers being hospitalised in critical condition.
You can see two live videos posted by Riley via the band’s official Facebook page below:
Those wanting to learn more about The Herren Project and the work that they do can do so via their official website (here).
More news surrounding the band’s recovery from their respective conditions will be shared as and when they develop. We here at DEAD PRESS! wish each one of them a swift and speedy recovery.
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