Amputee athlete Bill Hansbury, subject of a St. Petersburg Times profile in 2009, will be featured in an ESPN story airing Sunday at 10 a.m. See the video here.
Hansbury, 73, a well-known St. Petersburg athlete who once sold sunglasses under the name Boston Bill, lost his right leg to an infection in 2007 but returned to biking and running after receiving a prosthetic device. His experience motivated him to start the nonprofit Boston Bill Foundation Inc., which provides artificial limbs to those without insurance coverage or an ability to pay.
Also featured in the 10-minute ESPN account is 9-year-old Jake Bainter of Orlando, whose family had a chance encounter with Hansbury as they were taking him to have his leg amputated at All Children's Hospital. Doctors had been unable to save the leg after Jake had a lawn mower accident at home. The meeting between Hansbury and the family sparked a friendship chronicled in a Jeff Klinkenberg story in the St. Petersburg Times. That story can be seen at links.tampabay.com.
After the broadcast, the ESPN story will be available on the St. Petersburg Limb & Brace Web site, www.stpetelimbandbrace.com, and at the Boston Bill Foundation, www.bostonbill.org.
Times staff writer