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Todd Nicely departs St. Louis for 5k run

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St. Louis (KSDK) - Corporal Todd Nicely is one of three surviving quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he's getting ready to run more than three miles for a wonderful cause.

Some well-known St. Louisans are making sure he enjoys every minute of his trip to New York.

Together, they stand on the runway at Spirit of St. Louis Airport.

Retired Marine Corporal Todd Nicely, who mastered the use of his prosthetics after losing his arms and legs in Afghanistan, former Rams quarterback Mark Bulger, and radio host Dave Glover.

The star of this show is Nicely who will be running in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City this weekend. A run to honor a fallen 9/11 fire fighter.

"I said to mark, it would be really nice if we can send him in style, and get a private jet. It's always good to have rich friends," said Dave Glover.

Until this moment, Todd Nicely and Mark Bulger had only spoken on the phone.

"Todd asked if I would run with him. Unfortunately I have a conflict and I don't even know if I can run 5k right now," said Bulger.

But the one thing Bulger knew he could do is fly Nicely and his family in style to New York on his private jet.

"I never pictured people like Mark doing things like this, but the kindness of their hearts is just amazing what they do for the military people," said Nicely.

As hard as it is for Nicely to use his prosthetic legs to climb steps, he's in better shape to run 3.1 miles than a lot of people.

"I just recently ran a five mile, Hopes & Possibilities in New York a couple of months ago. I ran five miles in a little over an hour," said Nicely.

It was 66 minutes to be exact.

"A lot of leg exercises and weight lifting with the legs," said Nicely.

And the Stephen Siller run has special meaning.

"I'm following in the footsteps of a true American hero who went back to the towers that day," said Nicely.

Just as sending Nicely off is meaningful to Bulger.

"He was over there seven months. Only had one month left before he lost all four limbs. And if he's willing to sacrifice that, what his family sacrificed, I look in the mirror and am just thankful there are people like him," said Bulger.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run is Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in New York.


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