For nearly eight weeks, they have done the hard, slow work of healing physically and emotionally in private, surrounded by loved ones, buoyed by the compassion and generosity of strangers. But they remained behind the scenes.
On Friday, Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky Downes, whose story as critically injured newlyweds resonated so widely, addressed the public for the first time in a heartfelt expression of gratitude to thousands. “As we struggled through the initial days after the Boston Marathon attacks and then began the long road to recovery, we have known every moment that we are blessed with enormous support,” the couple wrote. “There are simply no words adequate to express how we feel. But we will try.”