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Survivors of the Boston Marathon Share Their Story With Children

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Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes are survivors from the Boston Marathon bombing. Jessica had both legs amputated and Patrick one. But, they have an incredible relationship with their service dog, Rescue. He is a six-year old black lab who is so loving. Patrick stated, “He reminded us that we had brains that worked and prehaps we could make some meaning out of something that felt so hard to grasp.”

They decided to make a children’s book talking about their relationship with Rescue. It is titled, Rescue and Jessica, A Life-changing Friendship. They wrote the book mainly because when they were out in public kids would see their prosthetics and be curious. Then they would see Rescue, and their eyes were popping out of their heads. Jessica and Patrick could tell that the kids were bursting to ask questions.

The Boston Marathon was a terrible day but the survivors live everyday since with hope that the next will be better. Jessica stated, “ We were just at this wrong place, wrong time on this horrific day.”

Today, Rescue is helping the couple heal through providing all kinds of physical and emotional support. What a wonderful story!

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