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State Rep. James Arciero (D-Westford) recently joined with Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-3rd District) and Moms Demand Action to celebrate and honor Jody Marchand of Westford and other survivors of gun violence in Massachusetts.
The Feb. 1 gathering occurred marked the 10th anniversary of the deadly assault by a family member on Jody and her daughter, Olivia, a Westford Academy senior at the time.
Olivia died in the shooting, but Jody survived and has dedicated her life to ending senseless gun violence, helping women and others recognize and escape from domestic violence and abuse, and keeping the memory of her precious daughter alive through the Live for Liv Foundation, which she founded.
The Live for Liv Foundation holds several events a year to raise critical funds for alternative housing, local police departments and assistance for individuals and families transitioning from abusive homes. The main event is a Run for Liv/Ride for Liv event held each July at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Westford.
Moms Demand Action sponsored the event. The organization is an anti-gun violence group founded after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 20 elementary students and 7 adults at the school, including the perpetrator.