Run For Hope

It began as one of the saddest stories to come out of the tragedy of the Boston Marathon Bombings. A young professional ballroom dancer, named Adrianne Haslet-Davis, had lost part of her left leg during the 2013 attacks. It was a horrific, and life changing event for many, which injured hundreds of innocent victims and took with it 3 irreplaceable lives. In the moments shortly after the calamity, it might have looked as if any career in dancing for Davis, and many activities, especially running, was over.

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Boston Marathon Runner Ballroom Dancer Lost Leg During Bombing

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It was during that time that Davis made a commitment to herself, “Back in 2013, I vowed to dance again, and made a pledge to run the Boston Marathon. I’ve since danced, and on April 18, 2016, I will make good on that promise,” she told the Associated Press. Along with the help of a newly fitted carbon fiber blade attached at the knee, she began training again to compete in the 2016 Boston Marathon. It was the initial hallmark, the fulfillment of the promise she made to herself back in 2013.

It hasn’t been an easy ride, trying to recondition her mind and her body in preparation to take on the full 26.2 miles. So far, Davis has been able to get up to 10 miles in her training and plans to be ready by the time the Boston Marathon comes around this year on April 18th. She has also set her sights on a good cause, planning to dedicate her run to raise money and awareness for the Oklahoma City-based foundation Limbs For Life. This organization provides low-income amputees with prosthetic Limbs, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it.

Boston Marathon Runners After Attacks Claimed Lives

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The Director of the Limbs For Life Foundation, Shelly Dutton, believes that for others struggling with similar situations, seeing Davis compete in the Marathon will be inspirational. “For her to be able to do this, only three years after the loss of her leg is exceptional,” Dutton said. “It’s a tremendous road back. She’s reached some incredible milestones.”

Article: Associated Press