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Hospital visit inspires Marathon amputee J.P. Norden

On the rain-slicked apron at Hanscom Field, almost everything seemed gray: the sky, the walker folded in J.P. Norden’s lap, his sweatpants and hoodie and T-shirt underneath. What wasn’t gray was black: his wheelchair, the asphalt, the 10 steps leading to the Gulfstream’s cabin door.

Norden, with one leg blown off at the Marathon and the other scarred and throbbing in pain, gripped the handrails. He thought about pushing up and hopping, but his body merely twitched.

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