BOSTON, Mass. – A double arm amputee ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday for a 12-year-old Rhode Islander battling cancer.
Hector Picard finished his 26.2 mile run while clutching the photo of a 12-year-old from Smithfield.
"She got me through this.. It was brutal," stated Picard about the race. "She keeps hitting me in the face with the wind, and keeps reminding me that she's there. (She) definitely inspired me, I didn't complain.. I just got it out and finished."
Picard ran the marathon in honor of Anna Kitada who is currently battling bone cancer and is an amputee herself.
"I worked hard for it, but it's nothing compared to how hard she's working to get healthy."
The pair met for the first time Friday.
“I’m trying to get back to running again and because Hector is doing it, I know I can do it,” said Kitada.
After completing the marathon, Hector hopes he can inspire others that it is possible to overcome situations that may seem impossible. "Don't give up. Don't stop believing. Just keep trying and find something to be passionate about. For me it's triathlons and marathons. Just live it fully and with passion."
Hector will deliver the medal to Anna on Tuesday at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.