Bryan Purcell will be pushing injured Iraqi War veteran Sergeant Eddie Ryan in this Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon.
Sgt. Ryan was shot twice in the head in 2005 and suffered a traumatic brain injury that prevents him from walking. After watching an HBO special about Ryan where he vowed to some day run a marathon, Bryan Purcell, a former Marine, showed up at Ryan’s doorstep offering to push him.
The two will take part in the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday with the goal of running under 4:13, because 4/13 was the day Ryan was shot.
Purcell’s wife, Melanie, has been one of his cheerleaders. “I was inspired by Brian’s faith that this goal was possible,” she said. “He just dove in, and I knew that if this lofty goal was meant to be, then God would provide the way. It was truly inspiring.”
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