Amputee Stories: Boston Marathon Story by Paul Kent
Written by Paul Kent:
On December 1, 2020 I received the ultimate gift – a renewed life. Prior to this date, I endured a decade-long journey of daily wound care, serious infections, hospitalizations, and surgeries.
I lived a compromised life shrouded daily with the possibility of death. This ultimately instilled in me a deep fear for my future rather than one to dream about with joy and excitement.
Today, as the first simultaneous bilateral recipient of the Ewing Amputation Procedure, I am able to explore activities and experiences I never thought possible prior to my procedure. This gift of a renewed life was made possible by the empowering discoveries facilitated at the Brigham Hospital Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation and the cutting edge rehabilitation programs provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the global leader in advanced rehabilitation medicine.
I am greatly honored to share that on April 18, 2022 I will be running the 126th Boston Marathon, just 16 months post op!
I will be representing both the Brigham and Women’s Stepping Strong Center Marathon Team and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Race for Rehab Marathon Team. This will be the first time a single marathoner is raising funds for two charities!
As a first hand beneficiary of the leading-edge research, clinical brilliance, and institutional dedication and commitment of these two organizations, there is no better way to say thank you and return in kind. I ask for your support in championing these two worthy institutions through both donating and sharing this campaign with your communities, employers, colleagues, friends, and family.
Collectively, we can make a huge difference in the lives of the countless individuals who will benefit from these discoveries.
Discover Paul’s GoFundMe here.