TACOMA, Wash. -

 A soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan combat and had his left leg amputated at the hip was told that if he walked again it would be on crutches.

Edward Lychik told his doctors he wanted to run.

Now he is running and plans to run in the Boston Marathon next Monday with a team honoring the memory of an 8-year-old boy killed in last year's blast.

The News Tribune reports Lychik grew up in a Ukrainian family in Puyallup and was a combat engineer assigned to a Stryker brigade from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, when he was critically wounded in Afghanistan on his 21st birthday.

To help him walk again technicians had to invent parts for a prosthetic leg that is anchored by a belt around his waist.