Site Raises $415K for Newlyweds Injured in Boston
Each lost a leg below the knee in the Boston bombings
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2013 2:18 PM CDT
This undated photo provided from the Downes family Facebook page shows Jessica and Patrick Downes in Cambridge, Mass.   (AP Photo/Downes family Facebook page)

(Newser) – The Boston Globe today highlights the plight of two people injured in the marathon bombings—and the way their friends, family, and total strangers have come together to help them. The pair are newlyweds Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky Downes, and each lost their left leg below the knee as they watched the race near the finish line. Since then, a page dedicated to them at has raised more than $415,000 (and counting) for their medical expenses.

The attacks "shook our faith in humanity" says a joint statement issued by their families. "All this support restores it." A separate Facebook page devoted to them features self-posted videos from friends and others offering encouragement. Patrick is a Boston College graduate and Jessica is a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Apr 20, 2013 4:35 AM CDT
Doesn't Obamacare cover all the hospital bills? What about the health plan in Mass.? If it happened in Toronto all the hospital bills would be paid. If they didn't have a drug plan they'd have to pay that. Public health care in Canada doesn't cover everything & there's separate insurance for drugs, rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
Apr 19, 2013 10:31 PM CDT
Out all the negative stories Newser has posted in the past, especially when it comes to politics or religion, it is good to see people getting together to help this couple in need.
Apr 19, 2013 10:06 PM CDT
Bmoc, your comment wouldn't restore anyone's faith in humanity - how hateful!