The Ottumwa Courier

AP Sports

September 12, 2013

Wounded vets to meet marathon bombing victims

BOSTON (AP) — Days after the Boston Marathon bombings, B.J. Ganem was one of the wounded veterans who met with survivors who had lost a limb or limbs in the April 15 attack.

He thought he'd do a lot of hand holding and hearing crying, but the 36-year-old Marine Corps veteran instead saw resilience.

The new amputees asked a lot of questions about his prosthetic leg, which replaced the left leg he lost below his knee after an improvised explosive device blast in Iraq in 2004. He even took off the artificial limb and let them hold it.

Now, as marathon amputees walk on their own prosthetic limbs, Ganem is looking forward to catching up with them in Boston on Thursday. A dozen military veterans who have undergone an amputation will meet with 11 marathon amputees as part of an effort by a Chicago area nonprofit called Operation Warrior Wishes.

"It's going to be good to see how far they've come," said Ganem, who lives in Reedsburg, Wis.

The nonprofit's founders, Craig Steichen, 55, and his son Matt, 29, went on a quest last year to bring wounded vets to football games at 32 NFL stadiums in 17 weeks. Craig Steichen said they met their goal, and even picked up a world record in the meantime for game attendance.

But with the New England Patriots home season opener against the New York Jets on Thursday, Craig Steichen said the nonprofit was interested in not only bringing wounded vets to that game, but getting them together with marathon amputees. The groups will meet in Boston before going to the game together.

He said the idea is to let the veterans inspire the bombing survivors, and to send a message to fans who will see them all on the field before the game that life goes on and can be good again. Craig Steichen said Operation Warrior Wishes will be collecting donations on its website between Sept. 12 and Sept. 22 that will be divided between the nonprofit and The One Fund, which benefits marathon victims.

Text Only
AP Sports
  • Ricketts: Cubs not interested in move to suburbs NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field. The Cubs won approval from Chicago's City Council last July for a $500 mill

    April 16, 2014

  • Cardinals Brewers Baseball-6 [Duplicate] Cards pitching shuts down Brewers again 6-1 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cardinals starters are feeling right at home on the mound at Miller Park. A night after Lance Lynn shutout the Brewers, fellow hard-throwing right-hander Shelby Miller followed Tuesday by striking out seven and allowing three hits ov

    April 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • NL Capsules CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays. First, the

    April 16, 2014

  • Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the fa

    April 16, 2014

  • Gay rights group sends petition to IOC LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. The group All Out re

    April 16, 2014

  • AL Capsules ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night. Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak

    April 16, 2014

  • $1.9M Special Olympics facility planned in SD SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Special Olympics South Dakota has launched a $1.9 million campaign to raise money for a training facility in Sioux Falls that would give athletes a place to practice without having to compete for gym time with other sports gr

    April 16, 2014

  • NL Capsules MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' nine-game winning streak was snapped Monday night when Lance Lynn struck out 11 in seven innings and Jon Jay hit a three-run homer for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-0 victory. Lynn allowed three hits over seve

    April 15, 2014

  • Cardinals Brewers Baseball-6 [Duplicate] Brewers' 9-game win streak halted by Cards, Lynn MILWAUKEE (AP) — A familiar foil brought the Brewers' nine-game winning streak to an end. Cardinals righty Lance Lynn continued his mastery of Milwaukee after striking out 11 in seven innings and Jon Jay hit a three-run homer to give St. Louis a 4-0

    April 15, 2014 6 Photos

  • Phelps Comeback Swimming [Duplicate] Olympic great Michael Phelps to swim again Don't expect the same Michael Phelps in his return to swimming after a nearly two-year retirement. Even if Phelps' comeback is a success, it will be different this time around. No more swimming seven or eight events at the Olympics or world champions

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National