Patrick downes and jessica kensky

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patrick downes and jessica kensky

Patrick Downes ( of Rescue & Jessica)

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Published 28.12.2018

Marathon Bombing Survivors Discuss 'Rescue & Jessica'

Boston Marathon bombing survivors seek a return to normalcy

On August 25, , Patrick Downes '05 and Jessica Kensky were united in love and hope before wedding guests. Seven months later, they were united in tragedy, and with the world watching. Watch the trailer here. He remembers the hours and seconds before. The morning person of the two, Jessica, who goes by Jess, awoke Patrick in their one-bedroom fourth-floor walkup on Concord Avenue, just outside Harvard Square.


How do you decide to amputate your leg? That was the impossible question Jessica Kensky faced two years ago at Christmas. Kensky and Patrick Downes, her husband of six months, both lost their left legs below the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The year-old said such moments are an example of how her service dog has brought not just physical aid, but emotional comfort to her and Downes, 34, as they recover from the severe injuries they sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings. He was running in the race and was between the two blasts, with his family in the crowd nearby. But our injuries and our recovery is what we focused on, and I think that was really something that kids are so curious about. Jessica Kensky: A lot of people assumed we would write about our experience and assumed it would be a book for adults. This was something for us to engage kids with, to have a conversation with them, specifically about people with disabilities and service dogs. But there are also some other themes that have resonated for us. I think Rescue represents and embodies all of the support systems that have been involved in our recovery, all of the people who have been there to help us bounce back when we needed it.


  1. Marianne W. says:

    Jessica Kensky was an oncology nurse and marathon runner. Her new husband, Patrick Downes, a doctoral student and marathoner, was by.

  2. Eve S. says:

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