BOSTON (CBS) – A Norwood teen left paralyzed from the chest down after a hockey accident more than two years ago was “very excited” to compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday.
“I’m very excited to run for the Bruins Foundation. It’s great to raise money for them, but words can’t describe how excited I am to get going,” Matt Brown said before the race.
Brown competed with Lucas Carr, a former Army Ranger who served five years in Iraq and overseas.
“We’re all ready to go. I think it’s just pretty much taking in the atmosphere and understanding what it’s all about,” Carr said before the race.
When Carr was on board to compete with Brown, he ordered a special wheelchair for the marathon.
In February, they ran their first marathon in Hyannis and finished in 4 hours and 40 minutes. On Monday, Brown and Carr finished in 4 hours, 59 minutes and 50 seconds.
Despite temperatures that soared into the 80’s, Brown said the heat would not bother him.
“It’s nothing,” said Brown.
The heat is nothing considering all he’s been through.
“When I first got hurt, I never thought…I could do it. But now it’s something I’m going to be finally able to cross off my bucket list,” said Brown.