In 2015 I met a woman whose determination and faith has inspired me to find more joy in every day. I have followed her story since April 15, 2013.
Rebekah Gregory was standing 3 feet away from one of the bombs that detonated at the Finish Line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Her 5 year old son was sitting on her feet with his back against her legs...which saved his life, as her legs absorbed the impact of the shrapnel.
For months, Rebekah dealt with the pain of this horrific terrorist attack, both physically and emotionally. Eventually she would lose her leg and everything she knew about life before that day. But she soon learned that the psychological impact of this event was an even greater trauma for her son than she had imagined. As she got home from the hospital after 56 days, her son said "Don't worry Mom, we are never leaving this house again."
PTSD is a very real result of trauma, and untreated, can grow deeper, and secretly spread in adulthood to form addictions, emotional instability, relational struggles, mental health issues, and educational setbacks.
Rebekah’s Angels was formed in 2018 to make treatment accessible to children and families suffering from PTSD and trauma. Most families coming out of a PTSD circumstance do not have the means to afford this specialized trauma-focused treatment and insurance does not cover it. Rebekah's Angels is passionate about going the distance to increase funding in order to see hundreds of children and families freed from the grips of this trauma.
I invited Rebekah to speak at a corporate women's event, because I was so moved by the way she chose courage and determination in dealing with a situation that could have so easily become an obstacle in her life. Her faith and her commitment to healing for herself and for her son is the foundation for Rebekah's Angels. Her son Noah is doing well today, and Rebekah travels the country raising awareness and funding, and working with a team of the best doctors and therapists to ensure that as many children can be treated as possible.
Please read more about this life-changing work at rebekahsangels.org.
I am so honored to be invited to run the 2020 Boston Marathon as part of the Rebekah's Angels team. We are raising money for this amazing organization that is seeking to provide children and families with an opportunity for a life of joy. For anyone with PTSD, joy can feel so far out of reach...but hope and healing is possible.
I RUN FOR JOY !!!
Thank you, Rebekah, for this incredible opportunity to be part of the Rebekah's Angels team.
You are lighting the way for a bright future for so many children!