Boston Marathon victims Rebekah Gregory, 27, and Pete DiMartino, 30, have decided to separate after being married for less than one year. According to the New York Daily News, both Gregory and DiMartino were badly injured in the 2013 blasts. Gregory made the decision to amputate her right leg after over one dozen surgeries failed to save it. DiMartino also suffered significant injuries and had multiple surgeries in the months following the attack.
You may recognize Rebekah from the farewell letter that she wrote to her leg last fall. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Rebekah and her husband, Pete, seemed completely bonded following that emotional experience, but things just didn’t work out for one reason or another.
The Boston Marathon victims decided to separate and to share the news publicly. Rebekah released the following statement to People Magazine.
“After the decision was made to amputate my leg in November, I found myself having to make an even more painful choice — to separate from my husband Pete. Over the last several months I’ve come to realize that going through such a horrific event together put a fast-forward on our relationship that we each handled differently. While my heart is beyond broken, I have a certain peace knowing from day one, I truly gave it my all, and have been fully invested in keeping this marriage, and my commitment before God. I still love Pete with all of my heart and ask that everyone respect our privacy as we try to figure out our next steps. As for now, I am focused on doing what I feel is best for my son and I, and will concentrate my time on healing, both physically and emotionally.”
So what’s next for the Boston Marathon victims after their separation? Well, Rebekah is planning on running the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20. Fitted with a prosthetic just last month, Rebekah is ready to take on the challenge. She has been sharing her preparation in a blog on Runner’s World.
“Two bombers may have taken my leg, but in a lot of ways they saved my life. They tried to destroy me and instead they made me stronger. That is why I vowed to run Boston this year. I can’t wait to cross the finish line.”
Thousands of people have been inspired by Rebekah’s attitude and her motivation, and everyone wishes her and Pete the best as they navigate life on their own.
[Photo courtesy of Rebekah Gregory / Facebook]