A former Marine who lost his leg in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan, has finished the Boston Marathon.
Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez used a prosthetic blade running leg to complete the race, which he ran with the support of Team Semper Fi, a charity that “provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.”
“I just felt that I had to run the Boston Marathon. I wanted to run the race and support the bombing survivors, to show them that life goes on and all you have to do is just push through it,” Sanchez said.
The ex-Marine tells of the struggle he felt, after he was wounded, “The injury humbled me. I lost all my muscle mass. I lost a ton of weight. I couldn’t walk or move or stand up. I needed assistance just to get out of my wheelchair, and even then I couldn’t walk more than a foot without collapsing.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Sanchez kept at physical therapy for years and began posting his fitness exploits on social media, eventually garnering the strength to compete in the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon.
“I want to lead by example,” he declared. He continued, “I’m not going to go up to other amputees and be like, ‘You can do it!’ Instead, I hope that some people see what I’ve done and it invokes that fire within them to get over whatever is holding them back.”
Sanchez ran the race while holding an American flag.