I’m sure we all can remember where we were when we heard of the Boston Marathon Bombing, but never would you have thought that a happy story could come from this tragedy.

James Costello, 31, of Malden, Mass., was sent to the hospital because of burns on his arms and legs that he received near the finish line of the Boston Marathon during the explosion. During the recovery in a rehab facility he met Krista D’Agostino, a nurse working a temporary stint as a traveling nurse at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cape Cod.

“A couple weeks later I was transferred to Spaulding Hospital, where I was able to see my friends starting to heal, but still wondered what good could come from this tragedy,” Costello wrote on Facebook. “A few days later I saw a nurse in passing, this would turn out to be Krista [D’Agostino], who had shared a few mutual friends, but we had never crossed paths before. After sharing a handful of conversations I realized not only how beautiful she was but also what a kind heart she had. I somehow convinced her to attend a benefit with me, which turned into a few dates, which turned into a few inseparable months.”

Costello asked Kristina to marry him during the couple’s 10-day vacation in France that he received  all-expenses-paid from the  “Heroes Cruise” with first responders and other victims of the bombing.


“I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy,” he wrote. “It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life. Eight months later I’m happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together. We got engaged last night in the middle of the beautiful French city Lyon!!!”

I simply love great endings like this one!

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English

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