Marathon Bombing Survivors Award ‘Boston College Strong’ Scholarship

Marathon Bombing Survivors Award ‘Boston College Strong’ Scholarship


ALSON SENT THEM A — AMAZON SENT THEM A $150 GIFT CARD FOR THEIR TROUBLES. NEW TONIGHT, THEY CALL IT BC STRONG, AND TODAY TWO BOSTON MARATHON SURVIVORS HONORED A BOSTON COLLEGE STUDENT WHO’S CONQUERED HIS OWN DISABILITY AND GIVEN SO MUCH BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. JACK MANNING IS A BC SOPHOMORE WHO LOST A LEG TO CANCER WHEN HE WAS JUST 8. AND NOW HERE’S THE FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE BC STRONG SCHOLARSHIP. WE’RE SO PROUD OF YOU [ APPLAUSE ] REPORTER: TO UNDERSTAND HOW JACK MANNING GOT TO THIS DAY, YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO HIS CHILDHOOD. BONE CANCER TOOK HIS LEG AND A YEAR OF CHEMOTHERAPY TOOK HIS STRENGTH, BUT NOT FOR LONG. HE LEARNED TO USE A PROSTHETIC LEG, RUNNING DOWN THE HALLS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. HE BECAME A MULTISPORT ATHLETE, A MENTOR TO OTHERS WITH CANCER AND A RIDER IN THE PAN MASS CHALLENGE, DEDICATED TO FIGHTING THE DISEASE. YOU HAD TO DEVELOP A LEVEL OF MATURITY AND UNDERSTANDING, OF PATIENCE, AND NOW YOU’VE TURNED THAT INTO COMPASSION. REPORTER: SO IT WAS FITTING THAT MARATHON BOMBING SURVIVORS, BOTH OF WHOM LOST LEGS ON THAT APRIL AFTERNOON, WERE THE ONES TO PRESENT JACK WITH THE FIRST BC STRONG SCHOLARSHIP. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME, AND I’M SO GRATEFUL TO THESE TWO AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS SCHOLARSHIP POSSIBLE. REPORTER: HOW DO YOU FEEL WATCHING JACK TODAY? WE’RE JUST SO PROUD OF THE PERSON HE’S BECOME AND ALL THAT HE DOES AND GIVES BACK, AND HE LOVES IT. HE LOVES TO DO IT. WE’RE SO EXCITED TO SEE WHAT JACK DOES. THAT HE FINDS MEANING AND PURPOSE AND SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH LOVING PEOPLE. I’M VERY EXCITED FOR THE YEARS TO COME, AND HOPE TO PAY IT FORWARD TO THE NEXT RECIPIENT. JACK IS STUDYING BUSINESS AT BC AND MAINTAINS A 3.75 GPA. THE SCHOLARSHIP IS FOR A

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