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The Boston Marathon wounded: Eric and Ann Whalley

For Eric and Ann Whalley, tenacity is key

They met 50 years ago in England, two grammar school athletes on the way to a track meet, and married in their 20s. Empty nesters now, they love taking long walks together through their adopted hometown, like the Monday stroll that led from Charlestown to the Boston Marathon finish line.

Then, they were separated after the bombings. Eric Whalley was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with a ravaged right leg and right eye pierced by a metal fragment. Ann Whalley was taken to Faulkner Hospital, her right leg badly strafed.

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