Couple Injured in 2013 Boston Marathon to Speak at Shriners Hospital on April 23


Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, a married couple who were both injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 will speak at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California at 2:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2018. They will share their experience that ultimately inspired their children’s book Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship — a story of love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog. They will be joined by Rescue, Jessica’s service dog and star of her children’s book.

Jessica became a double amputee, and her husband, Patrick, also is an amputee from the bombing. The talk is an opportunity for patients and families to engage in conversation with the authors. Children with limb differences, many of whom are amputees and prosthetic patients at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, will participate in the discussion.

Both Jessica and Patrick welcome the opportunity to share their compelling story of injury and recovery with children and adolescents who face similar challenges.

Jessica says, “Patrick and I remember how long and challenging our hospital stays were when we were hurt, and we were grown adults. We cannot imagine the challenges facing these young children and their families. We hope our visit to Shriners Hospital provides some welcomed distraction, smiles, and relief. All the things Rescue does for us every day.”

“We hope that sharing our story will give hope to the children and families at Shriners as they encounter their own obstacles and search for a new meaning,” Patrick adds.

From toddlers to teenagers, kids of all ages seek the care and expertise of the Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Specialists (POPS) at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. The POPS team is devoted to designing braces, artificial arms and legs, and adaptive devices that give children the ability to pursue their dreams — and lead active, independent lives.

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