Marc Fucarile lost his right leg and suffered a severe burn on his left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing last year, but he defied the odds by walking on his wedding day.
Guests arrived on duck boats Thursday as Fucarile married his childhood sweetheart, Jen Regan, at Fenway Park. The longtime couple, who have a 6-year-old son, was given an all-expenses-paid wedding of their dreams from the charity “Love Runs Through Boston.”
Fucarile knew right away that Fenway was the perfect venue.
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“We were going to get married on an island, a beach or Fenway Park,” Fucarile told Boston.com beforehand. “Once we found out it (the reception) would be at the Hotel Commonwealth, I told Jen, ‘We’re getting married at Fenway Park somehow.’”
Fucarile was the last bombing survivor to be released from the hospital on July 24. He underwent over 20 surgeries and still is struggling to adjust to life without two functioning legs.
“I’m still in a wheelchair about 75 percent of the time,” Fucarile said. Despite his devastating injuries, the 35-year-old is grateful for all of the support he received throughout his healing process and leading up to his wedding day.
“Watching Jen walk down that aisle, that will be the highlight,” Fucarile said. “The support is what keeps me going, strangers, friends, family. If it weren’t for them, the support of complete strangers and loved ones, this would be a different story.”
Check out photos from Fucarile’s Fenway Park wedding below.
Fucarile’s wedding is a nice lead-up to the ceremonies the Red Sox will hold to commemorate last year’s tragedy before Sunday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.
The brief tribute is set to begin at approximately 6:30 p.m., and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Red Sox intend to acknowledge the support that has come to Boston from across the nation in the aftermath of the tragedy, illustrate how far some of the wounded have come in the past year and salute the heroes who saved lives and have helped the city heal.
The ceremony will include a remembrance of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and MIT police officer Sean Collier, who died in the marathon bombing and its aftermath last year.
The University of Massachusetts marching band and the Boston Pipers Society will perform a piece entitled “Highland Cathedral,” and they also will perform the national anthem as the crowd sings along. Members of the Boston Police Department, Watertown Police Department and Massachusetts State Police will carry the colors.
A series of canvases bearing inscriptions of good will from all 50 United States, along with all Major League Baseball teams and members of Congress, will line the outfield warning track. Sunday’s ceremonial first pitch will honor civic and business leaders who quickly and successfully started the One Fund Boston.
On Patriots’ Day, the Red Sox will present a traditional 11:05 a.m. game, inaugurating a new tradition, with “Boston” appearing on the front of the Red Sox home jerseys, as it did for the first time on last year’s marathon tribute at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013.