Local paralyzed man rejected from NY marathon
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A Norwood hockey player paralyzed while playing the game he loved, is now being given the run around while trying to accomplish one of his new goals.
Matt Brown has completed the Boston Marathon. Now, he wants to participate in the New York Marathon. Since he can no long run, he wants to be pushed. But he was turned down. Marathon officials pointed to a rule banning running strollers.
"We run as a team for us. We run for people that are similar to my situation. My life changed, but it didn't end. And we want to show people not to stop, just to keep going...keep going with life and really never quit," said Brown.
This has gotten the attention of Brown’s friend and former Bruins player, Andrew Ference.
Ference tweeted at the New York Marathon and said: “I am sure it was just a mistake? You would let an Army Ranger push his paralyzed hockey player friend, right? @INGNYCMarathon”
Matt Brown responded: “@Ferknuckle Can’t thank you enough for getting this out there. We will beat this, and we will run.”