Cameron University to present Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory

Cameron University will present “The Best and Worst Day of My Life,” a presentation by Boston marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory, on Wednesday, March 8, at 6 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom. The presentation is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts and is open to the public at no charge.

Rebekah Gregory“Rebekah Gregory’s story of tragedy and triumph is one of perseverance and inspiration,” says Jennifer Pruchnicki, Director of Student Development. “It’s important for those of us who are so far removed from national events like the Boston marathon bombing to gain an understanding of how life can change in an instant.”

Gregory is a simple, small town woman and mother whose life was forever changed due to the events of the Boston marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Gregory and her 5 year old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of terrorists' homemade bombs packed with nails and screws went off three feet away, her legs took the brunt of the blast while protecting her son from certain death. Eighteen surgeries and 65 procedures later, her left leg was amputated.

Despite the extraordinary trauma she underwent and the nightmares she continues to have, Gregory has used her platform to encourage others worldwide. Speaking out about her story and own daily obstacles, she believes that life's struggles are not only meant to teach us lessons, but make us better versions of ourselves than before. Gregory’s quick wit and contagious optimism is sure to have everyone feeling inspired and ready to make their own life changes. Outlining her popular phrase, "with every new day comes new hope," she never fails to leave her audience ready to "change the world."

Her book “Taking My Life Back: My Story of Faith, Determination and Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing,” is set for release in April.

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March 1, 2017