On Monday, retired US Marine Jose Luiz Sanchez, who was critically wounded and lost the lower part of his leg to hostile fire in Afghanistan in 2011, completed the Boston Marathon for the second year in a row.
Sanchez ran in 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.”
Sanchez said that after being wounded in Afghanistan, he lost much of his drive. “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.”
However, he stuck to his physical therapy for years and even began to post his progress to social media. He eventually built up his strength enough to compete in the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon, and then in the Boston Marathon.
Before running his first Boston Marathon in 2016, Sanchez said:
“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 in another statement, “I did it for people to see that it’s possible for people to overcome adversity. I only wish to show how far the human spirit can actually go.”
Sanchez ran the race using a prosthetic blade running leg and holding an American flag.
— AndreaWBZ (@AndreaWBZ) April 17, 2017
Below is an interview with Sanchez after the race:
See more of US Marine Jose Luiz Sanchez’s triumphant story:
H/T: The Daily Caller
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