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The story – via Fox Sports:
On April 15, 2013, the lives of Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky changed forever.
The recently married couple were spectators at the 2013 Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded near the finish line on Bolyston Street. Downes and Kensky each lost their left leg in the first blast.
A year later, the newlyweds turned tragedy into triumph.
Downes and Kensky competed in the handcycle division of the 2014 Boston Marathon and crossed the finish line hand in hand with a time of two hours, 14 minutes and 13 seconds.
Their finish represented the end of a long journey for the couple, who were married just seven months before the 2013 marathon.
Shortly after last year’s attack, a friend posted an engagement photo of Downes and Kensky on a website created to help raise support for the couple’s recovery. The results were overwhelming, as 7,500 people contributed a total of $500,000 in just three days.
On Monday, Downes and Kensky brought their healing process full circle by crossing the finish line the same way they watched last year’??s marathon: together.
There were many more inspirational stories from today’s marathon:
- Today Show – Mother-daughter bombing victims cross Boston Marathon finish line
- Daily Mail – Jeff Bauman returns to Boston finish line with new pregnant fiance a year after he lost legs
- GMA – Boston Marathon Attack Survivor Heather Abbott Finishes Race With Her Rescuer
- ABC News – Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Represent With Finish Line Selfie
- CBS Boston – Meb Keflezighi First American To Win Boston Marathon In 31 Years
- WCVB – American Boston Marathon champion had victims’ names on bib
- WaPo – Runner can’t make it to the Boston Marathon finish line, so others carry him to the end
- CTV – Most touching moments from 2014 Boston Marathon