While the nation continues to seek answers in the wake of yesterday's horrific bombings during the Boston Marathon, tales of heroism and kindness amid the chaos are emerging.

One such uplifting moment came when a photo began circulating of former New England Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi carrying an injured woman to safety. The 37-year-old was at the marathon to support a large group of runners helping to raise money for his cancer foundation (Andruzzi beat non-Hodgkin's Burkitt's lymphoma in 2007) when the bombings occured.

According to Deadspin, there was concern that Andruzzi was among the injured after a Twitter update earlier suggested he was watching the race from a location close to the bombings. Turns out, he was just busy helping others on the ground — a selfless act that runs throughout the Andruzzi family: His three brothers are all NYC firemen who responded to the attacks on Sept. 11.

Andruzzi later released a statement regarding the photo saying, "Marathon Monday should be about uplifting stories, personal challenges and fundraising milestones, but today's bombings irrevocably changed that. While I appreciate the interest in hearing our perspective on today's horrific events, the spotlight should remain firmly on the countless individuals — first responders, medics, EMTs, runners who crossed the finish line and kept on running straight to give blood, and the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives. They were the true heroes. Our thoughts prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy."

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Former New England Patriot helps Boston Marathon bombing victims
Joe Andruzzi was at the race to help raise money for his cancer foundation when tragedy struck.