Boston Bombing Victim Runs Again in Boston Race

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After 2013’s happenings during the Boston marathon, this past weekend was a milestone and a weekend of remembrance for at least 260 who were wounded, and three families whose family members that were killed. One of sixteen people who lost legs, Rebekah Gregory wanted to run once again, ran in this race in order to say “I took my life back.”

 

In 2013, Gregory underwent 17 surgeries in order to save her left leg after being seriously injured by the bomb. After Gregory’s 17 surgeries failed, she made the brave decision to have her leg amputated. When that decision was made, she made the goal to cross the finish line by herself, and she was determined to run past the spot where she almost died two years ago. After starting her race at mile 23 in Brookline, she soon twisted her knee right above the prosthetic running blade she was wearing. As pain was expected, Gregory said she was in excruciating pain but was still determined to finish. After the pain got unbearable, she accepted a ride in a police car to mile 25. At mile 25, Gregory once again started her portion of the race with her trainer Artis Thompson III. Her trainer is also a leg amputee after a motorcycle accident.

 

As Gregory crossed the finish line with spectators cheering her on, she was asked how she felt crossing the finish line. Rebekah Gregory stated “I want people to know that there’s life after bad things that happen to you” in an interview from Amy Van Dusen from ESPN. Although Gregory was in an extreme amount of pain due to twisting her knee, and was in the cold and rainy weather, she still strived to cross the finish line. Despite the fact Gregory finished the race as planned, she had to revise her plans after she was told running the entire race would cause too much damage to her leg, so she revised her plans to run the last 3½ miles of the race. Gregory’s son was also injured two years ago during the race, but he did not feel ready to go to the race.


Gregory also gained a close friend throughout her recovery time, with her nurse, and now good friend, Naomi Stone. Stone said nurses in Boston were not expected to see injuries from a blast, and said “We were learning as we went.” Stone also made an appearance at Gregory’s race to cheer her on and said Gregory had a lot of courage to turn such a bad situation like hers into something great.