Carlos Arredondo – Co-Founder: Carlos, the father of the late Alex and Brian, came to Boston in 1980 from his native Costa Rica and became a naturalized citizen in 2006. Having lost his older son Alex, a US Marine, in the war in Iraq, Carlos became a passionate peace and community activist, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Boston Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, and the St. Francis House. Carlos later lost his younger son Brian to suicide. He has dedicated himself to movements and causes that empower people and give voices to those who cannot speak for themselves. He actively advocates for peace locally and internationally, for suicide prevention, and for support services of veterans and military families. Carlos was a spectator at the Boston Marathon when, after tragedy struck, he ran to help Jeff Bauman with whom he has formed a lasting bond.