A story to warm your heart. Pete DiMartino, 28, and Rebekah Gregory, 26, both sustained serious injuries as victims of the Boston Marathon bombing but have turned their hardships around and tied the knot.
The two got married in North Carolina, where the bride walked down the aisle in a beautiful ceremony. She was using special crutches to aid her still-wounded leg, which may be amputated due to the severity of her injuries. She was accompanied by her father and her six-year-old son, Noah, who walked her to her new groom.
DiMartino and Gregory won a dream wedding package from TheKnot.com, after telling their inspiring story. The two were there to support her mother, waiting at the finish line, on April 15th. When the blast happened, Gregory’s son was with her but she acted as a shield to protect him. He sustained some injuries to his lungs, but only DiMartino and herself needed surgery. At that point they had only been dating a year but the event showed them that life was short. He proposed in October.
In addition to a ruptured ear drum, DiMartino lost 90% of his right Achilles’ tendon and broke major bones in his legs. As a result, he needed months of therapy to learn to walk again. His, now, wife was in a wheelchair but nonetheless was at his side to aid him through his therapy.
“We really appreciate each other so much more. I’ve fallen deeper in love with Pete every single day,” Mrs. DiMartino told NBC News.