Patrick Downes, Boston bombing survivor and trauma-care advocate.

Patrick lost a leg when the bombs went off at the marathon in Boston. Today, Patrick is an advocate for improved trauma care for those injured by terrorism.
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Patrick Downes lost his leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. His wife, Jessica, lost both of her legs below the knee.

Patrick uses his experience and platform to advocate for improved trauma care for those injured by terrorism and for increased collaboration between civilian and military medicine. He and Jessica recently endowed a scholarship at Boston College, Patrick’s alma mater, for a student with a physical disability. The couple is also publishing a children’s book about their service dog, Rescue, to teach kids about the benefits service dogs can bring to people with disabilities.

Additionally, Patrick completed the Boston Marathon on his running blade in 2016. He is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at William James College. For the past few years, Patrick and Jessica have been living in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while receiving treatment for their injuries.

*A charitable donation was made on behalf of the author of this letter.

Patrick Downes lost his leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. His wife, Jessica, lost both of her legs below the knee.

Patrick uses his experience and platform to advocate for improved trauma care for those injured by terrorism and for increased collaboration between civilian and military medicine. He and Jessica recently endowed a scholarship at Boston College, Patrick’s alma mater

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