Boston Marathon bombing survivors receive custom-made golf clubs

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August 28, 2013, 6:00 pm
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(NECN: Julie Loncich, Norton, Mass.) - Some survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings are returning to the game they love: golf.

On Wednesday, they received custom-made clubs that will make it easier for them to hit the links again.

The world's largest golf retailer and some golf pros gave some Marathon bombing survivors custom clubs ahead of the Deutsche Bank Championship, but they also gave them back some reassurance and some confidence.

The first time Mery Daniel ever took a swing was on one leg.

“I was like why not? I think it's a good opportunity for me to learn something new. Every day in life when you learn something new you move forward.”

The Boston Marathon bombing survivor may have lost a leg in the attacks but she didn't lose her spirit. She's spent the last four months focusing her rehabilitation on athletics and says she wants her 5-year-old little girl to know her mom is a fighter.

“It's the way that I look at life and I didn't want anyone to beat me down or anything to keep me down. I was like, I gotta live. It's how I choose to live my life - to be happy.”

Fellow survivor and avid golfer JP Norden wasn't sure he'd ever be happy those first few days.

“In the beginning when I was lying there in the hospital, no, I didn't know what I could do.”

And what he can do is get back out there on the links with his own fitted set of clubs and gear, courtesy of a few big companies and many people behind him who wish for nothing more than his success.

“It will make me feel like more of my life again. I'm just trying to get back to who I was.”

And these survivors have also been invited back to the final round on Monday.

Tags: golf, Deutsche Bank Championship, golf clubs, Julie Loncich, Boston Marathon bombing, JP Norden, bombing survivors, mery daniel, custom made golf clubs
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