After losing her left leg due to the horrific 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Rebekah Gregory DiMartino (on left in lead image) has shown an incredible amount of determination to run again. Despite numerous setbacks, this past Sunday, the 27-year-old competed in her first race since the tragedy.
Rebekah had her injured leg amputated just in November after having endured 17 surgeries to try and save it. She was able to participate in the race with the use of a new prosthetic. “Next time I get blown up the terrorists should do a better job. They may have taken my leg but they have given me an insane amount of determination in its place.”
On behalf of the non-profit organization @uxilia italia, Rebekah traveled to Northern Italy for the UNESCO Cities Marathon. And although she was unable to run the entire race, she had plenty to celebrate and took to Instagram to share her message:
“Yesterday I ran in my first race since the bombing and even though I couldn’t get through the whole thing, the scenery of Italian countryside and the feeling of crossing the finish line….was absolutely incredible. (Next time I get blown up the terrorists should do a better job. They may have taken my leg but they have given me an insane amount of determination in its place.)”
In addition to now training for the Boston Marathon, Rebekah is doing her part to change the world for the better while motivating others to do the same through speaking engagements and her Facebook page New Day, New Hope, where she says, “I believe that every struggle not only teaches us a lesson, but molds us into an even better version of ourselves than we could ever imagine. I am so thankful for the voice that I have been given and the ability to try to give others hope when they see none. And that is what I plan to do with everything I have for the rest of my life.”