This sounds like a really cool story:
That’s when Lynn McGovern’s life was shattered in a horrific car accident en route to a White Sox game, suffering a devastating brainstem injury that left her cognitively impaired and unable to walk.
It would be 17 days before the 24-year-old opened her eyes and another seven months before she uttered a word. Well-meaning friends told Parks he should bail out while he still had the chance.
“I said, ‘You’ve got to give me a better reason,’ ” said Parks, a mailman, who documented his fiance’s arduous recovery with thousands of hours of home video.
The couple ended up tying the knot in 1994—almost seven years and thousands of hours of physical therapy after their original date.
And the marathon part:
An avid runner, Jamie started pushing his wife in her wheelchair rather than leave her alone during runs. (While he’s at work, her mother and an aide are with Lynn, who still endures hours of therapy daily.)
Through sun and sleet, the Parkses became a fixture in their subdivision, waving to neighbors as they pass by.
He entered some 5K and 10K races, eventually working up to marathons. Only now, they are joined by their “miracle baby” Annalyn, 9, who acknowledges that her parents “are pretty cool.”
Along the way, there were setbacks, but last April, Jamie Parks—now 47—achieved the pinnacle of his running career: the Boston Marathon. At mile 20, Lynn talked her husband up Heartbreak Hill In the documentary, the runner scoops up his daughter at the last quarter mile and the three finish the race together (time: 3:25:45)—a lump-in-the throat moment.