Rebekah Gregory and Ryan met following the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. She and her son, Noah, were only three feet from the explosion. Ryan was a reporter for television station, KPRC-TV, in Houston. She was kind to share her story of struggling, surviving and thriving!
In 2015, after she ran the last few miles of the marathon, she said she returned to Boston to "take back her life." She completed her run just two years after the bombing and shortly after receiving her prosthetic.
Rebekah created Rebekahs Angels Foundation to help children suffering from PTSD after a tramatic event. She suffered from PTSD as a child. Her son suffered from PTSD following the explosion.
Recently, Rebekah invited Ryan to run the 2019 Boston Marathon with Rebekah's Angels. On April 15, five runners from her team joined about 30,000 other marathoners!
Marshall and I have been asked what we would like as a wedding gift. Instead, please consider supporting Rebekah's Angels. Thank you.
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Rebekah Gregory and her son Noah were three feet away from the first bomb that detonated at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Thankfully, Noah walked away from the bomb almost unscathed, but Rebekah's injuries were far more severe requiring numerous operations, and the eventual loss of her left leg below the knee. Even though recovery has been far from easy, nothing could prepare them for the psychological toll witnessing something so horrific would take. Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing, Rebekah was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.) What she didn’t realize, was that her battle with PTSD traced back to her childhood when she was a victim of domestic physical abuse by her biological father. It was only when Rebekah put Noah into therapy for his own battle with PTSD after the bombing, that Rebekah saw how vital this type of treatment truly is. After several specialized sessions Noah was able to return to a normal life, and is now a thriving fifth grader. Every year, there are over 3 million cases of PTSD in children reported by Child Protective Services alone, and little to no resources available to help with the costly treatment. Rebekah’s Angels was established by Rebekah and her husband to finance therapy for kids 18 & under who are suffering from this debilitating condition. Rebekah’s Angels will work with certified therapists across the United States to set up individual treatment plans to specifically meet each child’s needs. If PTSD goes untreated in children, it can lead to severe problems in adolescence such as substance/drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. Rebekah and her family have seen the hearts and souls of millions across the world throughout the last several years, and they feel it is time to give that back tenfold. Rebekah's Angels has already received requests from children suffering from PTSD, and need your help to restore their hope for a better future.