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Very Good read. What an amazing story.


LONDON, England (CNN) -- British soldier Phil Packer was told a year ago that he would never walk again, but on Saturday he finished the London Marathon.

Londoners applaud Maj. Phil Packer, who was told he'd never walk again. He completed the race 13 days after it started, walking on crutches for two miles a day -- the most his doctor would allow -- in order to raise money for charity.

Flanked by cheering soldiers and supporters, an obviously emotional Packer had defied medical opinion after his lower spine was badly injured in the aftermath of a rocket attack on his base in Basra, Iraq, in February 2008.

The attack sent a vehicle rolling down a sand bank, striking Packer "head on" and dragging him under it.

The 36-year-old was left with no feeling or motor control in his legs, and no bladder or bowel control. Watch more on soldier's battle »

Packer was in hospital for more than four months and it was then he decided to complete three challenges to help raise £1 million ($1.5 million) for Help for Heroes, a British charity supporting wounded veterans.

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I was having one of those rough days, where you feel like the world's stacked against you. Heh. Thanks for reminding me how damned easy I have it.

Looks like the Major is a warrior in every sense. Good on him.

*edit* Just noticed your location, airborne. God bless, bro. Stay safe. And keep "leading the way."

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This has hit the news a bit over here in the UK and is indeed a great & brave story.

Good luck to the man himself, Good luck to those who benefit from this fine act of bravery & Good luck to all those representing their countries on our behalf.


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