In 2008, 70-year-old “Boston” Bill Hansbury had recently lost his leg to a staph infection and was learning to live with a prosthetic.

Jake Bainter, who was seven at the time, was about to have his own leg amputated when their paths crossed.

Four years after that meeting, Jake and “Boston” Bill recorded a conversation at StoryCorps.

Originally aired July 20, 2012 on NPR’s Morning Edition.