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Our Mission

The Lingzi Foundation honors the example set by Lingzi Lu, who spread love and compassion while fearlessly following her dreams, by providing educational opportunities for courageous and ambitious students like her, and supporting organizations that reflect her passions and recognize those making a positive impact towards building bridges between cultures and communities.

Lingzi Lu

REMEMBERING A DAUGHTER a poignant eulogy, Lu Lingzi’s father recalls her love of beauty.


The Lingzi Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Boston Massachusetts formed by the family of Lu Lingzi, who perished during the Boston Marathon bombing attack, to preserve and perpetuate Lingzi’s life example.  The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization incorporated in the State of Massachusetts.  The Foundation provides opportunities to those who share Lingzi’s ambition and dreams to enrich their lives, open their minds and break down barriers by learning from her positive spirit, unparalleled work ethic, perseverance and humanism. Lingzi lived life fully with joy by appreciating family and friends, food and its ability to bring people together and the beauty of the environment around her. The Foundation seeks to identify and partner with organizations that share these passions and support their inspirational initiatives.

“She set her life and career goals early on, determined to go abroad to see the world and become an independent and well-educated woman; she knew what she needed and never wavered.” 

- Lu Jun, Lingzi’s Father

Lingzi Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) organization incorporated in the State of Massachusetts. Download the Lingzi Foundation Exemption Letter



The Foundation has assembled a team of dedicated runners who will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon to honor the memory and ideals of Lingzi Lu and raise funds for the Foundation to enable it to pursue its mission and goals. Each runner has his or her own personal reasons for running and we urge you to read each of their stories and be inspired and make a contribution. Many thanks.
Lingzi Foundation, by the Board of Trustees

Jasmine Hu

$0 Raised

Goal: $5,000

…I attended matches in my province and city when I was in high school, and I won first prize at the women’s 800 meters in my city. In college, I continued working out and running every day. This will be my first marathon. …read more.

Xinyu Kang

$1,275 Raised

Goal: $5,000

I met Lingzi in 2012. We came to BU at the same time and had many courses together. It was a huge loss when the tragedy took her away from us and our entire community. I am glad that I will be running with the Lingzi Foundation …read more.

Peter Kelly

$0 Raised

Goal: $5,000

I am a Chef, an Associate Professor at Johnson and Wales, a veteran long distance runner, and most importantly a husband and a father, with two amazing daughters. Running last year with team Lingzi was a great honor. …read more.

Faith Sands

$254 Raised

Goal: $5,000

I ran my first marathon in 2013 in Providence, RI on Mother’s Day, just weeks after the Boston marathon bombings and words cannot express how I felt crossing the finish line. Many people asked if I was afraid to do it, given what …read more.

Max Tucker

$0 Raised

Goal: $5,000

I am excited and humbled for the renewed opportunity to run in the memory of Lingzi and raise funds for such an important foundation. I identify with Lingzi’s ambitious and explorative personality, and will be thinking of her spirit …read more.

Yujue Wang

$0 Raised

Goal: $5,000

As an international student, I have extreme empathy with Lingzi, who was also living thousands of miles away from home and striving for dreams in our early twenties. I admire her bravery and positivity. I am motivated to run …read more.

Special Thanks to Our Team Who Ran for Lingzi’s Dream April 21, 2014 . Boston Strong
Yuemei Chen, Manuel Gonzales, Peter Kelly, Faith Sands, Rebekah Stein and Alan Zhang
David Yu, Mary Donchez, Xiaohu Zhang, Paul Pawlowski, Xiaomin Liu, Cheryl DiPesa, Brian Mooney, Jie Guo, Lou Lin-Yuan, Sean Lu, Michael Helm, Sherri Collins, Nancy Scuncio, Rich Feilteau, Kristin Fontaine, Faith Sands, Beth Anne Goncalves, Karen Stamm, Kristine Cabral, Lynne Gilbody, Kristen Chip, Marybeth Celorier, Terrie Valvo, Mary Greaney, Heather Norton, Eileen Tobin, Paula Helm, Robin Erban, Steve Miller, Steven Rydell, Linda Farrington, Kristen Lenzner, Susan Kirby, Sungwon Hong, Laurie Feit-Melnick, Christina Walton, Lindsay Brady, Denise Donnarumma, Jessica Lanzoni, Mieke Breck, Manuel Gonzales, Priya Farmah, Katelyn Degnan, Amina Salahaddin, Patrick Kelly, Rachel Gotlib, Matt Gada, Deborah Heines, Kelsey Taylor, John Barber, Pamela Condino, Laura Tashjian, Anthony Stroup, Hagop Sayegh, Megan Monteiro, Peter Lanctot, Britt Braudo, Shawn Merriam, Jessica ColganSnyder, Jule Slootbeek, Alicia Dunn, Eleanor Powers, Theresa Schlegel, Jennifer Carey, Laura Gormally, Marian Camacho, Alix Mackey, Mark McKay, Kathleen Owitz, Jonathan Moreira, Ruth Baker, Daniel Kelly, Ronda Robotham, Michael Kavanagh, Dorothy Kelly, Jane Ryan, Amy Wasylyk, Andrea Rowley, Andrew Parker, Peter Cheng, Candace Dennig,Peter Kelly, Meredith Rowley, Jacqueline Price, Sarah Legendre, Douglas Hsiao, Phillip Mayfield, Carroll Crispo, Ruth Shefner, Brighid Klick, Jeff Stein, Eugene Shapiro, Andrea Asnes, Hannah Varner, Rachel Bisiewicz, Julia Tullis, Hillary Bricknell, Eleanor Powers, Susan Shapiro, Patrick Wido, Rachel Kaplan, Maya Almaraz, David Seldin, Hao Fang, Yuting Zhang, Claire Liliedahl, Robert Clemow, Kerri Schaub, John Milholland, Karen Tyo, Catherine Zhu, Jessie Cai, Jianhao Fang, Craig Civic, Rick Allain, Tara Adyanthaya, Harrisin Lee and to several other anonymous donors we thank you.

Lingzi Foundation, Inc.
241 A Street
Suite 300
Boston, MA 02210
Tel 617.443.9800