Girlfriend Helps Push Quadriplegic Boyfriend Over Finish Line At Boston Marathon

Change In Plans

Boston couple Matt Wetherbee and Kaitlyn Kiely ran the Boston marathon route earlier this year. But a recent tragedy saw them choosing to finish the race in the most emotional way you can imagine.


Matt Wetherbee made plans to propose to his girlfriend, Kaitlyn Kiely, in June 2016 after she would return from a weekend vacation with her friends. They had been dating for a long time and he knew he wanted to propose before he turned 29. Unfortunately, life took an unexpected turn and instead of proposing, he found himself in the hospital…


An Athletic Accident

Matt Wetherbee via Facebook

Wetherbee was an active member of a local men’s league basketball team. He was participating in a weekly game when a routine dash to the basket turned into an unexpected play. The defender stepped in and Wetherbee tripped over his foot, causing him to fall head-first into the wall. “I was conscious, and I knew something was immediately wrong because I couldn’t move anything,” he shared.

Emergency Operations


Wetherbee was then taken to a local hospital for an emergency operation on his injured legs. He tore several ligaments and had damage to the upper portion of his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. He remains paralyzed to this day. Throughout his stay at the hospital, Kiely never left his side, and nothing has changed since then…

A Long Journey With Therapy


Wetherbee had a long medical road before him after he was released from the hospital. This included two years of intensive physical therapy and electronic stimulation in order for him to hopefully one day rise out of his wheelchair—a dream of his. No progress has been made yet, but Wetherbee and Kiely are adjusting to their new life together.

Figuring Out Their New Future

Matthew Wetherbee via Instagram

“We’re trying now to figure out how to navigate our new life, find our new normal, and we’re realizing the world is trying to adapt to the handicap population, but we’re still not there yet,” Kiely said. “We’re sick of hearing ‘no,’ or feeling like we couldn’t live our lives the way we want to. If you want something to happen, find a way to make it happen.” And that’s exactly what they’re doing now…

Their Next Step


Last week, the couple demonstrated that despite a handicap disability, you can still be “brave and strong.” They made plans to compete in the famous Boston Marathon on April 16. Kiely planned and trained to push Wetherbee along the 26.2-mile route in his wheelchair. It would be a challenge, but they were ready to face it. Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan…