NH dad gets help preparing house for bomb victimAP , Associated Press
Aug. 5, 2013 1:31 PM ET
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The father of a man injured in the Boston marathon bombings is getting some help making his home more welcoming for his son.
Jeffrey Bauman tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/14cItXY) that Cobb Hill Construction approached him about renovating his home to make it wheelchair accessible. Bauman's son, also named Jeffrey, lost both legs in the bombings, and his father says he hasn't seen him as often as he'd like because it's not easy for him to get around the house.
"It's going to make it easier for everybody to get back on track," Bauman said. "That's what his No. 1 goal is, to get everything back to normal."
Cobb Hill, based in Concord, is donating time and materials to expand the home to include a wheelchair ramp, a larger bathroom, a new kitchen and a first-floor bedroom. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Concord is collecting cash donations, and the builders are asking for donations of interior doors, siding and other materials.
Bauman, of Chelmsford, Mass., came to symbolize the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings in a news photo that depicted him a wheelchair — his legs shattered — as he was rushed from the scene. And his perseverance and recovery have come to epitomize the resilience of bombing survivors.
Bauman, who was waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the time of the bombings, was recently fitted with prostheses. He threw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game in May and appeared on the ice with the Boston Bruins before a playoff game against Toronto that same month.
Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com