Jeff Bauman, 27, lost both legs that fateful day and is now a motivational speaker

By Stephen M. Silverman
September 05, 2013 12:35 PM
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April 15, 2014, will bring the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as the book Stronger by one of those who greatly suffered in the explosion, Jeff Bauman.

Bauman, a 27-year-old who was waiting at the finish line to watch his girlfriend in the race, announced Wednesday that he will publish a memoir about his life during and after the fateful day that cost him both his legs, reports

“The past months have often been difficult, but the support I’ve received from around the world, and especially from the people of Boston, has inspired me to set and achieve high goals,” he said in a statement released by Grand Central Publishing, which will release the book, to be co-authored by Bret Witter, who describes himself on his website as a Georgia-based editor and writer “working primarily as a collaborator on histories and memoirs.”

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A widely seen photograph taken shortly after the explosion showed Bauman, still comprehending what had transpired, being wheeled away from the bomb site. At the time, Bauman was paying off student loans by working at a Costco deli counter and hoping to return to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

After surgery, during which he required multiple resuscitations, Bauman’s limbs were amputated above the knee.

Today Bauman is a motivational speaker whose speakers’ bureau profile describes him as “a beacon of hope, strength and resilience.” The website also tells how when Bauman awakened from surgery, “FBI agents were outside his door. He started talking, a sketch artist started drawing and soon the FBI had identified the two suspects.”

After a harrowing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a police shootout on April 18. The next day, his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was brought into custody. Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including murder, related to the April 15 bombings.

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Carlos Arredondo comes to the aid of Jeff Bauman at the Boston Marathon
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