Survivors of the bomb blast in Boston are about to get a lot of support from the Bay area. An Army amputee from Pasco County is hoping to team up with local charity 50 Legs to get prosthetic limbs for those who were injured.
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Tanner Kuth walks with ease on his prosthetic leg, now but his road back from battle was not an easy one. He got blasted by an improvised explosive device on his second tour in Afghanistan, and lost the lower half of his left leg.
"The first thing I actually saw was, I saw my boot hanging from a turret in the vehicle, so that was kind of a clue something wasn't right," said Kuth wryly. "Yep, that's not what color my socks should be."
His right leg was broken too, along with damage to his right eye.
"They're pulling me by my stuff, pulling us out the top of the vehicle, not knowing my neck's broken in two places," Kuth said. "The fact that they got us out of there like that, at least for me, was like a million to one that I'm not paralyzed or dead."
So when he saw the victims of the explosions in Boston, he reached out to Steve Chamberland with the charity 50 Legs.
"My friends all reached out to me, because I'm from Boston, like, are you gonna come home with your charity and help people? So I was like yeah, whatever they need, I'm there for them," said Chamberland, who is a former pro-wrestler, and now calls Seminole his home.
Kuth hopes to join Chamberland in Boston, to speak with some of the victims 50 Legs will help get new prosthetic limbs.
Chamberland lost his left leg in a motorcycle accident.
"I wish somebody had been there for me when I lost my leg. I didn't have anybody," said Chamberland. "I reached out to thirty-something prosthetic companies and not one of them would take me because I wanted to wrestle. Finally, one back in Boston, helped me out."
"Having somebody that's been there and gone through that to relate to, and talk to and let them know, that life does go on," said Kuth. "It's getting out there and still living a life, you know. It's possible."
The 50 Legs charity is the same group that's helping 2-year-old Ireland Nugent recover from a lawn mower accident, and getting her fitted with new prosthetic feet.
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