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Stacey Brooks

Boston Marathon bombing survivor marries nurse who cared for him

In these two AP images, James Costello (left) is shown immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings and (right) at his wedding to nurse Krista D'Agostino, who cared for him. (AP Photos)

I often post mantras on my Facebook page.

One of my favorites is "Everything happens for a reason." I try to remind myself of that when something negative and unexpected happens in life, even if I don't understand why at the time, and there is a reason or purpose and in the end it will come to light.

That happened for James Costello. You may not recognize his name, but you'd probably recognize his face. Costello was supporting a friend who was running in the 2013 Boston Marathon. He was severely injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line.

A photographer captured Costello staggering through the streets with his clothes shredded and his legs burned. In the wake of the blast, that horrific photo became one of the most widely-viewed images around the world.

In an appearance on the "Today" show in December, Costello said that being injured in the bombing was a blessing in disguise because it led him to meet Krista D'Agostino, who was working a six-week stint as a traveling nurse at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

"One thing that she hates that I always say is I'm actually glad I got blown up," Costello told show co-host Savannah Guthrie. "I wish everyone else didn't have to, but I don't think I would have ever met her if I didn't, so I'm pretty happy."

Costello proposed to D'Agostino eight months after meeting her at the rehab center, and they tied the knot Saturday in a beautiful wedding donated by local businesses.

In a Facebook post, Costello wrote "April 15 was one of the worst days of my life. I soon wondered why and for what reason this happened. I now realize why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life."

As I said, everything happens for a reason.

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Stacey hosts KTAR's entertainment reports weekday mornings on Arizona's Morning News. You can also hear her bright-hearted female perspective on the air as she "fills-in" on various talk shows on KTAR. She is the host of a weekly video feature on KTAR.com called, Short Takes, and writes a pop culture blog for the website as well. Stacey received a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern. She has been a Radio Host and TV Contributor in the Valley for more than a decade, and was named Best Voice on Radio by Phoenix Magazine. A multi-faceted host, Stacey describes herself as a news and entertainment junkie and someone who is passionate about pop culture. As the co-host of annual Radiothons, Stacey has helped to raise millions of dollars for Phoenix Children's Hospital. When she's not on-the-air, Stacey loves to hike, travel and spend time with her husband, Todd, and toy poodle, Skyler.

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