Jessica and Patrick Downes
Jess & Patrick were both injured at the Boston Marathon bombing, Jess losing both of her legs below the knee and Patrick losing one leg below the knee.
Jessica, a native Californian, and Patrick, a native Cantabrigian, met on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2006 after graduating from the University of Arizona and Boston College, respectively. Jess soon moved to Baltimore where she received a nursing degree at Johns Hopkins and then worked in the medical center's oncology department. Patrick returned to Boston where he is close to finishing a doctorate in clinical psychology. After a few years of a long-distance relationship, Jess moved to Boston and continued her oncology nursing at Mass General.
Jess and Patrick have spent the last year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland after receiving special permission from the Secretary of Defense.
In addition to their recoveries, the couple has devoted themselves to advocating for Wounded Warriors and people with disabilities. They have a home in Cambridge that they will return to after their recovery at Walter Reed is complete.
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