From left: Michael Strahan, Kelly Ripa, Caitlin Norden, Paul Norden, Colleen Norden, Liz Norden, Jonathan Norden, J.P. Norden. Front: Gabriella Ferullo.
From left: Michael Strahan, Kelly Ripa, Caitlin Norden, Paul Norden, Colleen Norden, Liz Norden, Jonathan Norden, J.P. Norden. Front: Gabriella Ferullo.
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Liz Norden’s five kids told her that even if she didn’t win the search for the most “Unstoppable” mom on “Live With Kelly and Michael,” she was a winner. But it turns out the rest of the country held her in equally high esteem. On Friday, Norden, the mother of brothers J.P. and Paul Norden, who each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, won the honor, and, along with it, $100,000. “It’s so overwhelming — I’m sick to my stomach,” the Stoneham mom said when reached by phone in NYC moments after the show ended Friday morning. She plans to put a portion of the money into a nonprofit she’s starting, A Leg for Life. The charity will first help her own boys, then other Marathon victims, and eventually, she hopes, others who’ve lost legs in traumatic circumstances. “I want to know that when I’m long gone, the boys will never have to worry about a leg for the rest of their lives,” she said. “It’s been a tough year,” said Norden, 51, who worked as a housecleaner before her sons were injured. “People have been so wonderful that it makes it a lot easier, but sometimes you feel like you just want your old life back, even though you know that’s never going to happen.”

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