SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento native and St. Francis High School graduate Jessica Kensky and her husband, Patrick Downes, have captured hearts from coast to coast.

The newlyweds each lost a left leg below the knee in the Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15.

Kensky’s parents issued their first public statement on their loved one’s plight. In a joint statement with Downes’ family, the Gold River couple called the young newlyweds “simply amazing”.

They also sent condolences to the four people killed in the violence, and heaped praise on first responders and doctors.

Their statement continued to say, “We know that goodness transcends evil, that where love is, love remains. It is that love we have felt from so many of you that sustains us today, tomorrow, and in the difficult years to come.”

Saturday and Sunday, friends are holding fundraisers to help with the couple’s medical expenses. Saturday, supporters are holding a stationary cycle ride to raise donations. It will be held at TEAMride Indoor Cycling at 5535 H Street in Sacramento starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (916) 455-7000.

Sunday, organizers are holding a special benefit yoga class at The Table United Methodist Church in East Sacramento, from 5:15 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Cash donations will be accepted. 5:15-6:30p cash only


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