Back in 2008, "Boston" Bill Hansbury was learning to live with a prosthetic after losing his leg to an infection. That's when he met Jake Bainter, who was about to have his right leg amputated. The two struck up a friendship, despite a wide gap in their ages — Hansbury was 70, and Bainter was 7.
The pair recently discussed their friendship, and other topics, during a visit to StoryCorps in St. Petersburg, Fla.
"Boston Bill, tell me about the day that we met," says Jake, now 12.
"'Well, that day, I had just regained the ability to ride my bike," says Hansbury, 74. "And here I am, coming up to a stop sign. I don't know what happened, but I could not get my feet out of the pedals. So, I took the bicycle over to the curb. And that's when the car pulled up."
"That was four hours before my amputation," Jake says. "We were driving to the hospital, and we saw on the side of the road, a guy with a prosthetic leg. And I remember pulling around up to the curb and meeting you."
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