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Recovery: The Making of HBO's “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing”

Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Patrick Downes, Psy.D., is a 2005 graduate of the Lynch School of Education and a proud Double Eagle (BC High 2001). He recently received his doctorate in psychology. He and his wife, Jessica Kensky, were severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, and both are now amputees. They have been patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center since 2014, where Jessica continues to receive surgical care. Patrick and Jessica strive to use the attention that has come their way to highlight important issues, namely: trauma care, military and civilian medical collaboration, disability rights, veterans care, and community responses to terrorism.  This fall, they announced, along with Patrick’s BC classmates, that they had raised over $250k to endow the BC Strong Scholarship to support a student with a physical disability. They participated in the HBO documentary “Marathon” to help people understand the complexity and nuances of recovery after tragedy.