In 2011, Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez lost the lower part of his left leg after he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan.

Last year, he started running marathons while wearing a prosthetic leg.

On Monday, Sanchez ran the Boston Marathon for the second time — and he did so while carrying an American flag signed by many who served with him in Afghanistan.

“I want to recognize veterans and everyone who thinks they can’t do something,” Sanchez said.

He completed the race in five hours, 21 minutes and 56 seconds, running as a charity member for the Semper Fi Fund, which supports wounded veterans.

“When I was recovering, I couldn’t stand up for three seconds or walk for more than two feet,” Sanchez said. “I fought for four or five years to be able to walk and lift my body. Then I wanted to push it further by doing a marathon.”

Sanchez said he wants to lead by example and inspire other wounded warriors to overcome and adapt.


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