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Anthony Pappalardo is running for Spaulding Rehab after recovering from a traumatic brain injury

"I am running to help out others in a similar situation, in hopes that they can have the same type of recovery and begin their lives again."

Anthony Pappalardo recovered from a serious car accident a decade ago. Now he's running to raise money for Spaulding Rehab, where he received care.

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Name: Anthony Pappalardo
Age: 43
From: Melrose

Back in Dec 2009, I was involved in a very serious car accident. I suffered 18 broken bones with seven being compound fractures, spent over three months in a wheelchair, and suffered a traumatic brain injury. I was airlifted from the scene, spent a month at Maine Medical Center, and was then transported to Spaulding Rehab in Boston.

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While at Spaulding, I made tremendous progress and was able to return to work after only four months. Since this terrible time in my life over a decade ago, I have married my wife, had two children, completed grad school, and received my CPA license. None of this could have been possible without the incredible work done at Spaulding during my time there, both inpatient and outpatient.

I am running the Boston Marathon this year to help out others in a similar situation, in hopes that they can have the same type of recovery and begin their lives again. The staff at Spaulding are second to none and deserve so much recognition for all of the amazing work that they do on a daily basis.

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Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar. 

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