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Newlyweds Jessica and Patrick Downes are shown in this undated photograph from the Downes family Facebook page.

Families of newlyweds injured at Boston Marathon thank donors

Published: Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B

The families of newlyweds Patrick and Jessica Kensky Downes, each of whom lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing Monday, say their shaken faith in humanity was quickly restored by the generosity of those responding to an online giving campaign.

It's believed to be the first statement issued by the couple's families. Jessica Kensky Downes, a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a 1999 graduate of Sacramento's St. Francis High School.

Her husband, Patrick Downes of Cambridge, Mass., is a doctoral student in psychology and attended Boston College, according to media reports.

The couple, who live in Cambridge, were standing near the finish line of the marathon Monday when the bombs exploded. Both lost their left legs as a result of the injuries they suffered, according to an online Wall Street Journal story.

The fund at reached $468,000 by Friday afternoon.

"Your support in just 24 hours is overwhelming, there are no words to describe what your outpouring of kindness and generosity means to our family as Patrick and Jess start their long road to recovery," the statement reads.

The page shows a smiling Jessica in a flowing red dress leading Patrick by the hand.

The page and a Facebook page titled "Patrick and Jess Running Again" show an outpouring of support for the pair expressed in words, videos and financial contributions.

Call The Bee's Ed Fletcher, (916) 321-1269. Follow him on Twitter @NewsFletch.

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