On this week's podcast I’m joined by an amazing young man. On April 15, 2013, 17 year old Bobby O’Donnell was about to fulfill a lifelong ambition. He stood on the start line of the Boston marathon and had never been so excited in his life. This was the day he had been building up to, and several close members of his family would be waiting in the finish line grandstand to cheer him home. With just over 1/2 mile to go the race was stopped and his life was about to change forever. Terrorists had detonated 2 bombs at the finish line killing 3 people and injuring several hundred others.
Not only was Bobby’s dream over, his nightmare began. Unable to contact any members of his family, he feared the worst. For several hours he assumed that they had all been killed until finally, using a borrowed phone, he was able to share text messages with his Mum. Finally he was able to meet them in a safe area where he saw every member of his family bar his father. Bobby’s father, a paramedic had offered his help to tend to the injured in the immediate aftermath. Bobby’s family were at the finish line but thankfully they were on the opposite side of the road. After the elation came the depression and a journey of several years to regain his love of life and running.