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A Crusty Man Becomes Perfect Mentor For Boy Dealing With Amputation.

This story is about what happened on one remarkable day in St. Petersburg — Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, to be exact. It's about a chance encounter between a couple of Dickensian characters, a crusty one-legged man who lives in the city, and a sad-eyed little boy from Orlando.

The amazing coincidence of their meeting changed their lives. When the broken man met the broken boy, they began a journey to become whole again.

The crusty one-legged man is Bill Hansbury, though everybody calls him Boston Bill because his roots extend to Fenway Park. Pass the lobstah, please.

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Archaeologist To Get Back To Digging With Help Of Local Icon

A Bay area archaeologist will soon be able to return to his love of fossils, thanks to some help from a local cycling icon. Brian Evenson, the self-proclaimed "Fossil Man," has been digging up artifacts around the Bay area since he was 9 years old, but his passion for excavation came to a halt a few weeks ago when he cut his leg.

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Need A New Leg? Better Check Your Health Insurance

At his shop Lost In Time at the St. Pete Pier, Brian Evensen is surrounded by fossils and artifacts. It's a passion that started early. "At seven I found my first arrow head and at nine my first shark tooth," he says. But in April while searching for shark teeth, something else sharp poked Evensen in the foot.

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No Stopping Him Now

For most people, celebrating a birthday is marked with smiles, cards, cake and in the company of friends. For “Boston” Bill Hansbury – a nickname he got from being a native of Boston – one birthday claims a different spot in his memory. On Oct. 2, 2007 – Hansbury’s 70th birthday – his active lifestyle was threatened, but his hopes stayed intact as he underwent his right transtibial amputation.

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New Program Offers Help to Amputees

St. Petersburg Limb & Brace and Barr Prosthetics & Orthotics of Clearwater, Fla. is launching a new program for patients facing amputation or patients who have recently undergone amputation. The new program, A Step Ahead, coordinates resources to provide much-needed emotional and physical support, according to a press release.

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