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Merrimack Valley

May 26, 2013

'I hope I can walk again'

Paralyzed man says he chooses to have more good days than bad

NORTH ANDOVER — The past two years has been a tough road for Chris Boshar.

He was paralyzed below his shoulders and confined to a wheelchair when he suffered a spinal cord injury after a diving accident on Lake Winnisquam in New Hampshire on July 2, 2011.

“Everything is a hard part; the loss of independence; the cognitive and physical disability, and the fact that I can’t feel the touch of my loved ones,” he said.

Yet Boshar, who will turn 27 on June 18, refuses to give up and is resolute that he will one day walk again.

“There are two roads you can take in life when tragedy strikes and I chose to have one with more good days than bad days,” he said. “With all the advances in science, I hope I can walk again. But I have to remember this is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Boshar said he finds strength in the support system made up of family, friends and former co-workers at Boston Capital. The group is hosting the Restore the Bosh walk, run and roll on June 8 in Chelmsford to help offset his medical bills.

The cost for taking care of a person with Boshar’s injuries ranges from $700,000 to $3 million over a lifetime, said his mother Kathy Boshar-Reynolds. His physical therapy alone is $40,000 to $50,000 annually, not covered by insurance. He sees a psychologist and has a home health aide paid for by insurance and MassHealth, respectively.

Boshar-Reynolds got a second mortgage to make her 1,400-square-foot ranch-style home near North Andover center handicap accessible. Family members and friends built a 830-square foot addition which cost $150,000, not including the free labor and other in-kind donations. The addition has its own entrance and a covered porch/portico. What once was the family’s sun room is now Boshar’s family room, there is also a large restroom so he can move around and an office where Boshar can work. Along the hallways are closets and storage areas as well as lots of windows throughout the house.

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