Published: Apr 11, 2014 8:55 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 12, 2014 9:11 AM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "I was part of something bigger than me, I mean not in a good way at that time."

Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Gina Fidler of Naples was one of the runners hoping to cross the finish line before the explosions went off.

"I was just shocked because I always wanted to run Boston."

Her husband, Fran, is also a runner. But he was on the sidelines that year due to a knee injury. That's all changing this time around, the two will run the marathon together.

"The hard part is going to be controlling our emotions."

They're doing it to honor one of the people killed in last year's attacks, 8 year old Martin Richard. His family created a foundation in his name to raise money to support his hope for peace.

"I saw this on Facebook and I thought I mean I really could wrap my heart around that and try to help give back," said Fran Fidler.

"For sports, education."

On Sunday, the Fidler's are asking Southwest Florida to carry that mesage during a fundraiser in downtown Naples. The Fidler's said it's just a way to help Boston stay 'Boston Strong.'

"I've been trying to look at it like it's a celebration, of the human spirit, that's how I need to look at it as just the human spirit being resilient and being able to get through anything."

The fundraising event takes place Sunday, April 13, 2014 at HOB NOB restaurant from 2:00-4:30pm at 720 5th Ave South in Naples. For more information about the fundraising go to http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/franfidler/team-mr8-boston-marathon-2014