The heartwarming photo that went viral has an equally touching love story.
Miley Cyrus twerking, celebrity sex tapes, Twitter rants — these are the things we're used to seeing go viral. That's why, when we spotted the touching photo of Jesse and Kelly Cottle, we were delighted that such a triumphant love story had made it's way across the internet as fast as lightening. But their story is just that powerful.
The photo, posted on Facebook, features Kelly giving her husband Jesse a piggyback ride during a trip to Idaho. Jesse, a marine and double-amputee lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in 2009 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. Despite what you might assume, he's very thankful that he did.
Had he not, he would've never met the love of his life. After Jesse got out of the hospital, he met Kelly at a swim meet in San Diego, where he was trying out his prosthetic legs.
"His personality and who he is just outweighs his injuries by so much that you forget about it after a while," Kelly told ABC News.
The couple just celebrated their first wedding anniversary last week.
Their love story, represented in the photo spreading around the web, shows heroism, sacrifice and how a couple overcame challenges with hope and positivity. It's a love story that instantly warmed strangers' hearts all around the world. After being posted by the photographer last week, it received over 16,000 likes, over 1,100 heartfelt comments and nearly 4,000 shares.
As for what the couple thinks of the widly popular picture? "The photo really says it all," Jesse explained. "I actually look at it very much as a symbol for our whole relationship in general. She's physically carrying me, but there's times where she's carrying me emotionally. It's a perfect representation of who Kelly is."
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