I hope everyone has found a way to stay warm...:) So much has happened over the last 21 months!
Team Norden continues to move forward in a positive way including a newly established 501c3 , entitled A LEG FOREVER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.
This non profit foundation was established by Mom Liz Norden as a way to honor her sons and PAY IT FORWARD to others who have lost a limb in a horrific way.
We are now in the works of planning for the 2015 Boston Marathon run which will include a team of runners representing A LEG FOREVER.
JP and Paul continue their journey moving forward...both are humbled by the support they have been shown since that tragic day. Life has taken on a whole new meaning to each of them and they appreciate all they have been blessed with.
We hope you will continue to follow their journey and support A LEG FOREVER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. This charity will assist other amputee's in need just as the Norden Brothers were helped when they needed it the most.
Paying it forward...raising awareness and making a difference in the lives of other amputee's - that's what it's all about!
Thank you to all who have generously donated to the Norden Brothers LEGS FOR LIFE RELAY. The outpouring of support along the marathon route deeply touched all involved. JP and Paul are grateful for your love and support!
Mother Nature will not stop TEAM NORDEN today...as they near the 10 mile mark on their LEGS FOR LIFE RELAY...through pelting rain and wind this family continues to walk step by step, side by side with family and friends towards the finish line.
Special THANKS to Liz Cardoso of Global Click Photography for this amazing image of JP and his new kicks...BOSTON STRONG...words that we all live by...words that have helped carry everyone through the most difficult days this past year.
April 15th 2014 will be filled with raw emotion for the Norden Family. You won't find them hiding behind closed doors though, instead they will walk in a "LEGS FOR LIFE" relay the entire Boston Marathon route in unity TOGETHER with family and friends.
TEAM NORDEN will begin their 26 mile relay in Hopkinton, MA at 9:00 A.M. and end at the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston around 6:00 P.M. with JP and Paul leading the way!
The Norden Brothers have trained full force for this event and plan to pace themselves along the way...they know their limits and will relay in and out as the day goes by. The pressure of their prosthetics will play a major factor but they are determined to make it happen.
TEAM NORDEN is walking for a cause...they hope to raise funds for future prosthetic limbs for JP and Paul which run up over $100k per limb. Models vary for walking, running, swimming, etc. and need to be replaced every three to five years. Insurance only covers a portion of the costs (if any) leaving the rest up to the individual.
TEAM NORDEN is asking friends and supporters to pledge $1.00 per mile ($26.00 for 26 miles). The purpose of this walk is to ensure JP & Paul have "LEGS FOR LIFE". The pain and suffering they have battled this past year is unfathomable. Prosthetic limbs for life is one expense we never want them to worry about and hope you can help us reach our goal!
Please join us along the marathon route to cheer us on, or meet us at the finish line!
Hard to believe a whole year has passed us by since the Boston Marathon Bombings.
JP, Paul and the entire Norden Family have battled thru so many high's and low's over the last 12 months...no matter what they have endured this family moves full steam ahead letting nothing get in their way...many of us gather strength from hearing their story...and for this reason they have written a book to share with all of us. TWICE AS STRONG: 12 Seconds, 2 Brothers and the Marathon that Changed Their Lives
Today JP hit the Boston airwaves visiting Bridget Blythe of NECN (New England Cable News) to share his story.
Twice As Strong will be released on April 1, 2014 and can be purchased on Amazon at the link listed below. If you live in the Boston area and would like to meet JP and Paul Norden in person please stop by the STONEHAM THEATRE (Main Street, Stoneham, MA) on April 16th for their first book signing engagement.
Thank you for your ongoing Love & Support for the Norden Family...they are forever grateful to all.
Incase you missed it...JP and Paul Norden have signed a book deal and chose the title "Twice As Strong" to tell their story...
TWICE AS STRONG recounts the day of the harrowing marathon bombing that claimed the legs, and forever changed the lives, of two brothers who are now fighting to regain their strength and cope with their new normal
STONEHAM, MA, November 20, 2013"” TWICE AS STRONG (ISBN 9781928662280) is the incredible story of JP and Paul Norden, two brothers who each lost a leg and sustained countless other injuries in the horrific Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013. The irony that two brothers allegedly planted and detonated the bombs is not lost on the Nordens.
Much more than a chronological account of the events, TWICE AS STRONG focuses on these brothers and their friends who were literally and figuratively scarred by the explosions in very different ways. These young adults from the same small town outside of Boston provide a previously unavailable view of the events of that day and how it continues affecting them now and will for the rest of their lives.
"I don't like that this has changed me as much as it has, but at the end of the day, I keep moving forward," says Paul Norden. "Rehabilitation is hard," J.P. Norden agrees, "but we won't give up."
The brothers are eager to tell their story about how they went to the marathon with friends, unfortunately stood next to the second bomb, and each ended up in a coma in separate hospitals. Their family also shares their experience throughout the tragedy, including how their panicked mother stopped at nothing to find her sons among the chaotic Boston crowd.
Support from their friends, family, and the Boston community has helped them as they learn how to cope with their lives as amputees. Lessons in resiliency complete the story by providing tangible takeaways for readers to apply to challenges within their own lives.
TWICE AS STRONG will be available in early 2014 from Palari Publishing. The book will be co-written by Dave Smitherman. For more information about the book, visit www.TwiceAsStrong.com.
As many prepare for the upcoming holiday the Norden family waits patiently for JP to complete yet another day of surgery.
As I write this message he enters hour 4 in the operating room. Today his Doctors will remove calcifications on the upper portion of his "good leg". This is the area they feel his car keys melted into his leg. We have learned calcifications are prone to those who endure explosions, our military experience this during their time at war. JP has area's on his leg that are now rock solid hard embedded into his muscle causing him pain as he walks.
We are asking for all your prayers at this time...we need this surgery to go as smoothly as possible...please pray for JP.
Attached is a photo of Kelly and JP prior to surgery...a close up of one of the calcification areas.
As always the Norden Family is grateful for your love, support and prayers...God Bless!
On Sunday evening November 10th, Friends and Family of JP and Paul Norden gathered in unity to show support, fundraise and move forward together.
Going back to the Forum on Boylston Street was a major step in the healing process as this was the exact location where the brothers were standing when the 2nd bomb exploded changing their lives forever.
Funds raised from this event will help these young men with prosthetics that need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years for the rest of their lives. One limb alone was estimated at $112,000...an unimaginable amount to even think about never mind come up with every few years.
Attached is a video created by JP and Paul's Uncle Michael Brown sharing with the world the journey of these amazing young men. They have come so far since the April 15th bombings...but still have a long way to go...
It seems JP has spent more days in the hospital then he has out recently. He returned to Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston bright and early this morning for yet another procedure. Please keep JP in your thoughts and prayers.
Here is a photo of JP & Kelly sharing a moment proir to surgery.
There is no update as of this moment but we will certainly provide a detailed report as soon as we can.
Getting ready for November 10, 2013 has been absolutely amazing, busy and crazy. We encourage you to get your tickets while they last. We can promise, this will be a GREAT time with some usual and innovative happenings. In other words, you don't want to miss out on this event.
STANDING BOSTON STRONG............is our passion and lifetime commitment. Thank you & God Bless!
The Norden Family & Friends invite you to join us at the FORUM Bar & Restaurant, 755 Boylston St., Boston, MA on Sunday, November 10th!
Reuniting at Forum is the next step of the healing process for JP and Paul. It was at this location that the second bomb exploded forever changing their lives.
Forum Staff assisted rescue workers at the scene to help save these brothers along with many others in their time of need. Rescuers on site literally took the shirts off their backs tying tourniquets to JP and Pauls severed limbs stopping them from bleeding out before EMT's and First Responders arrived.
Rather then running away in fear Forum Staff jumped in to help by grabbing table linens, bar towels, ice and whatever else they could to assist the injured that tragic day"¦we are forever grateful.
Join us for a memorable night...help make JP and Pauls return a brighter experience by Moving Forward Together.
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JP and Paul have a rocky road ahead of them...hear about their 6 month journey since the bombings of April 15th.
Together, Single Mom Liz Norden accompanied by her Brother Peter Brown share how their lives have changed since that tragic day. Radio Host Robin Young of Boston's NPR News Station is shocked when she does the math on the cost's of prosthetic legs...something the two Norden Brothers will have to worry about for the rest of their lives.
Please be sure to click on the Radio Interview Link located at the top of the interview on "Here & Now". As always THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We are now at the 5 month mark...media has pretty much disappeared other stories have taken on the limelight. But for JP, Paul and the others...the nightmare continues...
On September 3rd, 2013, JP endured 8 hours of surgery to build up his stump all in an effort to accomodate his prosthetic leg.
JP explained to me that they would take skin from his backside and transfer a good portion to the bottom of his stump. The blast didnt leave much for the doctors to work with at time so they did what they could to patch him up and wait for him to heal properly. He needed to regain his strength for this operation and worked hard over the last 5 months preparing for it. Standing vertical again without crutches has been JP's goal from the start.
I understood the procedure but never in my life imagined the size of the scar and the amount of skin and tissue they would be transferring. How much can a body take?...JP has been through so much already...and to think both he and Paul have more surgery expected in the coming months...
On Thursday, September 26th during a routine checkup on JP's recent stump surgery his medical team grew concerned at the way it was healing.
Without hesitation his medical team scheduled immediate and unexpected surgery on Friday to address the build-up and poor drainage of the fluid in the area they recently built up to accommodate his prosthetic.
We are happy to report that all went well. JP's Doctors were able to address the issues and firmly believe their work should solve the recent problems.
On behalf of JP and his family"¦the outpouring of love and support from everyone during times like this leaves us speechless. We are grateful for your thoughts and prayers. We are grateful to have the best doctors and nurses around"¦you have filled our hearts and helped carry us through the most difficult of times"¦you are all AMAZING!
4 months to the day Boston's Forum Restaurant finally opened it's doors last night welcoming those injured at the Boston Marathon.
The Forum was the location of the 2nd bomb explosion, and going back wasn't for everyone. Paul decided to skip this one, but JP wanted to make the trek and put everything behind him. Accompanied by family, friends and IRONMAN Jerry Bowser (whom I think he drew his strength from...).
Here in this photo is Jerry (always standing guard) Carlos Arredondo and JP...I think their smiles say it all...:) God Bless these beautiful people
Come join us at SULLIVAN'S PUB, 85 MAIN ST., CHARLESTOWN, MA (2:00pm) to watch Medford resident and Ironman Jerry "The Boston Brawler" Bowser attempt to power push a wheel barrow weighing 2000 pounds the distance of 210 yards, the approximate length between the two Boston Marathon bomb explosions.
Jerry has dedicated this Sunday's Ironman Push to JP and Paul and hopes to raise funds to assist with them with their on going medical expenses. When Jerry learned of the boys story it hit him hard and he was determind to do something to help them out.
Jerry experienced his own life changing event over 10 years ago when he suffered a stroke which left him temporarily paralyzed on his left side. Doctors told him he may never walk again but Jerry proved them wrong and battled his way back one day at a time.
Jerry hopes to make a difference in JP and Pauls lives and told them both that TOUGH TIMES DON'T LAST, TOUGH PEOPLE DO!
Jerry will be cheered on by Special Guests and Friends including Bruins favorites Lyndon Byers and Shawn Thornton..we hope to see you there!!!
Her heart has been broken "in a million ways," but Liz Norden has vowed to look evil in the eye tomorrow... in search for answers as accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes his first appearance in federal court.
As a child I remember looking forward to July 4th with family, packing up the car and heading for the campground up at Sebago Lake in Maine. We'd meet up with cousins, sing around the campfire at night and celebrate July 4th with an all-day cookout and games on the campground beach"¦such beautiful memories.
Now-a- days I look at life differently. On this July 4th I am thinking of our brave military heroes proudly serving our country. How young many of them are and how brave they are to proudly wear a uniform that represents all that they stand for. I think about our veterans past & present and those who gave their lives to protect our Freedom.
The Boston Marathon bombings brought a whole new perspective on life. Thinking of how two worlds collided one day here in Boston and how we all felt that tragic day. Thinking of all the pain and suffering the victims and their families have gone through, those who died, those who survived and how courageous they've been during the healing process these last few months. Thinking of how blessed the victims were to have survived and how many of the rescuers were actually war veterans with firsthand experience who helped save their lives with medical triage training.
April 15th was as close to war as any of us will hopefully ever come. Our soldiers, on the other hand, must experience this daily during their twelve month deployment overseas. We now know what they feel, what they see and what they fight for...THANK YOU TO ALL OUR MILITARY HEROES'"¦PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN"¦GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.
This video was created by Michael Brown (JP & Pauls Uncle)
Jackson Hole Wyoming resident Rick Walls ran the 2013 Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 43 minutes, finishing just 15 minutes prior to the first explosion. He and his friends were unharmed, but many were not so lucky, and Rick is determined to help. He is raising funds to support JP and Paul Norden, brothers who each lost a leg in the bombing. Rick will run The Foot Traffic Marathon in Portland Oregon on July 4th, 2013 with a goal of raising $50,000 by completing the race in under three hours. To meet his goal, Rick will be seeking sponsors at the Gold ($2,500 +), Silver ($1,000 "“ $2,499), Bronze ($500 "“ $999) and Friend ( up to $499) levels. If he succeeds in achieving his personal challenge of a sub 3-hour time, those sponsors have committed to double their contributions.
Rick is raising funds through the JP and Paul Norden Brothers Benefit Fund on GoFundMe.com. Note that while not tax deductible, this money will go directly to the brothers to support their recovery and rehabilitation. If you would like to make a donation to help Rick reach his goal please put "RUN RICK RUN" in your message to ensure your donation is tracked appropriately. Thank you for your support!
8 weeks ago we didn't know if they would make it through the night...Paul was in an induced coma from his injuries and Jp battled through each day.
Today they grace the pages of PEOPLE magazine sharing their horrific story of the Boston Marathon Bombings with the world.
JP and Paul are truly an inspiration to so many people around the world, no matter what they have endured these last few months these young men continue to stay positive and move forward with dignity and charm.
JP's left leg looks pretty good today considering the damage and burns he sustained in April. He is working extremely hard and wants to share that surgery is eminent within the next month.
The official medical term for this type of condition is referred to as "Heterotopic Calcification."
We refer you to the medical description below:
In traumatic heterotopic ossification (traumatic myositis ossificans), the patient may complain of a warm, tender, firm swelling in a muscle and decreased range of motion in the joint served by the muscle involved. There is often a history of a blow or other trauma to the area a few weeks to a few months earlier. Patients with traumatic neurological injuries, severe neurologic disorders or severe burns who develop heterotopic ossification experience limitation of motion in the areas affected.
JP, Rick Walls and Paul pose for a promotional picture Sunday, June 2nd in West Roxbury at the Corrib Pub Charity Race.
Ricks has become part of our extended family and what an awesome addition. Rick and his business partner Jamie have embraced our cause and together we are on a mission.
Rick has been blessed as a marathon runner and was touched when he learned of JP and Pauls story. He has chosen to make a difference in their lives moving forward and will be running to raise funds in their honor.
Stay tuned as we follow Rick in the coming months. BOSTON STRONG runs on hitting the pavement with both Rick and Jamie.
J.P. was discharged from Spaulding just yesterday. He made a comment to one of the reporters stating that he's looking forward to doing physical therapy with Paul, because he knows the two will push each other.
This is a typical day for JP to have his bandage changed, wound clean and prodded by the medical professionals to ensure bad skin isn't growing or interfering with the healing process. Finally, he requires wrapping to help avoid infections.
Good Morning Friends! Our boys are faced with challenges each day they awaken now...getting out of bed, showering, walking into another room.
It's all about BALANCE now. Thankfully their "NEVER GIVE UP - BOSTON STRONG" attitude runs through their blood full force which is a blessing...because attitude is everything!
As they focus on recovering and rebuilding their lives...we can do out part by helping out too. Help me...help them with funding. Yes the OneFund is out there...but its sad to say it wont last the rest of their lives. 2 Brothers, 2x the bills, 2x the expenses moving forward...
The love we share for each other, our brother Jonathan and sister's Caitlin and Colleen is a bond that will always be in place through thick and thin.
Family is very important to each one of us and even though during a normal run of the mill day, you sometimes take for granted your siblings. However, we want to openly declare, we couldn't have gotten to where we are without you three.
We may not be together in person at this moment, but there is more than a tragic incident keeping us together & determined. We are brothers and as Uncle Pete said in his poem, "We will rise and we will rebound"
If you haven't had a chance to read the poem our uncle wrote for us after this terrorist act, please visit our facebook page where it has been posted. It's worth the 5 minutes to read and we want every brother / sister relationship to feel the connection.
This is a very special video that the Norden Family took the day JP and Paul were reunited for the first time...2 weeks after the explosion.
Today the boys made the decision to share it with all of you. The LOVE & SUPPORT the Norden Brothers have received from all over the world has been unimaginable ...Thank you! Thank you! A millions times Thank you!
One month ago today JP and Paul attended the marathon to cheer on Somerville Fire Fighter Mike Jefferson. Today Mike joins the family walking the 26 mile route for the Norden Brothers..."Step by Step" we will all get through this healing together
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we (Norden sisters) will be including Mike J. (Loyal friend and adopted member of our family) with us on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 as we journey together and walk the marathon route beginning in Hopkinton at 9:00 AM. Our mission is to encourage family healing, pay tribute to our brothers and lastly help promote fund raising in an effort to help defray indescribable costs for both JP and Paul.
We realize people have been inundated with requests for donations and probably need some time to decompress. We are equally exasperated and understand that the excessive appeals for assistance are taxing. With all due respect, and from the bottom of our hearts, we wish to extend our deepest and candid appreciation to all that have contributed or supported our family in the many different ways.
So after that is all said, we are attempting to accomplish another significant piece of the healing procedure and our thoughts, wouldn't it be appropriate for us to accomplish the planned objective and in the same manner, represent all those whom were unable to complete their day of celebration. This walk is our way of demonstrating just more than asking for contributions but actually taking the responsibility and applying actions to move forward and onward in the recovery process.
Finally, this is a family event and no organization or sponsorship is associated or endorsing any part of this endeavor. We hope to see you as we pass through your town.
We are asking for a total donation of $26.00 dollars from anyone that is able or willing to help. This donation will represent $1.00 dollar for each mile of the marathon course walked. Thank you and God bless you"¦.BOSTON STRONG rolls on.
In support of the Norden Brothers, JP and Paul; Sisters Colleen and Caitlin Norden as well as their uncle, Peter Brown will walk the entire Boston Marathon route beginning in Hopkinton Mass and finish on Boylston Street in Boston, Mass on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 beginning at 9:00 AM.
Exactly one month to the day and in an effort to demonstrate our love, solidarity and encourage healing within our family, we intend to walk the twenty-six miles three-hundred and eighty-five yards to honor and pay tribute to the boys and as a bonus attempt to raise monies for the Norden Brothers Benefit Fund.
It is our mission to respectfully seek $26.00 dollar donations asking for a $1.00 a mile pledge from as many generous people as possible.
Our ultimate goal is to reach 10,000 people that will consider helping out. If you haven't had the chance or if you can, please pledge your support by clicking the donate tab and help support our brothers.
It should be known that this is a family event and no organization or sponsorship is associated therefore, it is being accomplished by Colleen, Caitlin and Peter. Please feel free to cheer us on if you see us pass by but remember we are non-affiliated with any group.
May 7, 2013: Tuesday morning checkup...Paul with Dr. Michael B. Yaffe, Critical Care Surgeon at Beth Isreal Hospital. We are so grateful to Dtr. Yaffe for saving Pauls life...today is day 24 of recovery.
This is JP and his younger brother Jonathan. Jonathan hasnt left his brothers side since Marathon Monday. If he isnt with JP you will find him with Paul...he runs from one hospital to the other taking turns sleeping next to them each night. Brotherly love
A family photo of JP and Paul taken yesterday when they were reunited for the first time after 2 weeks of being apart. Brings tears to my eyes everytime I look at it...this is what I call BROTHERLY LOVE.
The Norden Brothers had a great day yesterday...the hospitals worked magic and were able to bring JP and Paul together for the first time since the explosion. A very emotional time for everyone...much love filled the room ...
Paul was all smiles this afternoon with his girlfriend Jacqui by his side. She was discharged yesterday and will continue recovering from home. Nothing brightens a day more then a room full of friends!
Having grown up in Stoneham, I have known JP and Paul's Mom Liz and Uncle Peter Brown for many years. I, along with many other hometown friends, have reached out to help in anyway we can. As the Brown and Norden families run back and forth to hospitals and navigate through non-stop phone calls others, like me, tend to behind the scenes tasks.
This GoFundMe Page was created on behalf of the Norden Family to help them out financially in the months and years ahead. Their medical bills will be beyond what any of us can imagine having two sons both loosing a limb. Surgeries, skin grafts, shrapnel removal, etc. will go on for months until their bodies are healed as best as they possibly can.
Cost of amputating a leg? At least $20,000. Cost of an artificial leg? More than $50,000 for the most high-tech models. Cost of an amputee's rehab? Often tens of thousands of dollars more. These are just a fraction of the medical expenses victims of the Boston Marathon bombing will face. (read full article by clicking this link http://news.yahoo.com/boston-victims-face-huge-bills-donations-pour-174957328.html
Numerous accounts have been set up for the Boston Marathon Victims of which hundreds will be applying for. We are all grateful for contributions made to those accounts. This GoFundMe Account was set up for the Norden Family and will allow them immediate access to funds for JP and Pauls medical bills, long-term care and future needs.
If you prefer to make donations by cash or check (please make checks payable to: Norden Brothers Benefit Fund - Boston Marathon Victims), and forward to the following address:
Norden Brothers Benefit Fund - Boston Marathon Victims c/o StonehamBank 80 Montvale Avenue Stoneham, MA 02180.
Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
JP and Paul Norden Road to Recovery...Thank You Video created by Uncle Michael Brown and shown to all at our Forum Fundraiser, November 10, 2013.
JP and Paul Norden, two brothers from Stoneham, MA who each lost a leg during the 2nd bomb explosion at Boston Marathon. Their bodies were riddled with shrapnel and burns from the massive blast...
On Monday, April 15, 2013 a group of life-long friends from Stoneham (JP & Paul Norden, Jacqui Webb, Marc Fucarile, Jarrod Clowery, James "Bim" Costello and Steve "Bizz" Byrnes) were amongst the hundreds of thousands who attended the Boston Marathon.
The Stoneham friends were all spectators near the finish line waiting to cheer on their friend, Somerville Firefighter Mike Jefferson. After the first bomb went off they tried to move onto the street where they felt they would be safe -but didn't make it in time as the 2nd bomb exploded within 13 seconds. Brothers JP & Paul Norden along with friend Marc Fucarile took the brunt of the explosion. All three friends lost a limb.
Donations to the Norden Brothers Benefit Fund will help with countless medical bills, and long term care needs in the weeks, months and years ahead. Numerous surgeries are expected as the brothers bodies become stronger and the burden of worrying how to pay for whatever is needed should be the last thing they need to worry about at this time.
It is our hope that this fund will help these two innocent victims in the years to come. The outpouring of love, prayers and support has been overwhelming and for that they are forever grateful.
Your donations are greatly appreciated.
Please follow the Norden Brothers Journey by joining their Facebook page on the link provided below.
On behalf of myself, Chris aka Chief C, Justin Springer, Naga nightclub of Cambridge MA, Outside the Box Agency, Abe & Louie's restaurant, Top of the Hub, Marriott Courtyard Cambridge, Loud Music Tour and Dirty Water News, please accept our donation and sincere gratitude for attending our charity event on April 10th. The Candles at the Finish Line Charity event had a lot of meaning to all involved and we are truly honored that JP and his friends were able to attend.
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