Westford Resident Jody Marchand Named 2019 Unsung Heroine at State House

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State Rep. James Arciero with Jody Marchand in the House Chamber. COURTESY PHOTO

State Rep. James Arciero recently attended the 2019 Unsung Heroine award ceremony hosted by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. This was the 16th annual ceremony held at the Massachusetts State House.

Nominated by Arciero, Jody Marchand was recognized for the Live for Liv Foundation, a non-profit organization which conducts the annual Ride for Liv/Run for Liv. The Live for Liv foundation was founded after Jody tragically lost her 17-year-old daughter, Olivia, to a horrific act of domestic violence. Jody herself was also a victim of the incident having survived being shot twice. The proceeds from the annual Ride for Liv/Run for Liv events are donated to organizations that help support domestic violence victims.

The purpose of the Unsung Heroine award is to identify and recognize extraordinary women from across the Commonwealth who make a difference in their communities. Following addresses by Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and Senate President Karen Spilka, the biography of the awardees are read and a luncheon provided in a ceremony held in the Great Hall at the State House.

Asked about this year’s recipient, Arciero said: “It was my pleasure to nominate Jody for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Unsung Heroine Award. Jody is a good friend, a strong woman, and a survivor of domestic abuse. Her strength and perseverance allowed her to transform a tragedy into something with a lasting, positive impact. Jody is truly a pillar in our community and I was honored to nominate her for this prestigious award”.

As part of the special event, a House Resolution marking the occasion was presented to Marchand to recognize her many civic and charitable activities over the years.