The No. 31598 was not just any random number to Rebekah Gregory as thousands cheered her on the finish line at the Boston Marathon April 25th. You see it was two years ago the blond beauty lost her leg in the Boston bombings that destroyed many lives, but Gregory is rewriting her finish.
Gregory was bleeding out on the pavement at the 23rd mile on Boylston Street when the bombs hit, and endured 17 surgeries to repair the damage leg, but had to amputate in November.
“The pavement where I thought for sure I would die, and the pavement a year ago, I was pushed around on in a wheelchair at the 1k Tribute Walk. But guess what? This time...the only thing hitting the ground will be my running shoe, as I show myself and the rest of the world that I am back, stronger than ever....and there is NO stopping me now,” she posted on Rebekah Gregory DiMartino's New Day, New Hope.
The Texas native returned to the 23rd mile with her trainer as a champion of hope. She was experiencing a lot of pain after she twisted her knee above the artificial limb, and it started to swell. Couple that with damp weather, Gregory said everything was working against her.
“I twisted my knee really bad, and the rain is really hard because my knee is so swollen. It felt like everything was against me today, from the weather to the pain in my leg. But it was still an incredible feeling to cross that finish line, running. Better than I imagined. And I crossed the finish line--that's what's important,” espnW reported.
Recently, Gregory testified against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found guilty on 30 counts in the Boston bombings.
She wrote a letter to him on her Facebook page. “So now...while you are sitting in solitary confinement, (awaiting the verdict on your life), I will be actually ENJOYING everything this beautiful world has to offer. And guess what else? I will do so without fear....of YOU. Because now to me you're a nobody, and it is official that you have lost. So man that really sucks for you bro. I truly hope it was worth it.”
Another important piece to this story is she’s inspiring many. People like Robert Gullicksen posted this before her race. “Atta girl! I never doubted you for second! You had the entire city, and perhaps even the world behind you. Such a powerful picture! I am in awe of your strength, your perseverance, and your unwavering spirit! May the "steps" you take in life always propel you forward! #RebekahStrong.”
This is just one of the thousands standing with Gregory.
Next year Gregory intends to run the full race, and there is nothing stopping this woman from achieving, motivating, and inspiring.