Dancer Who Lost a Leg in Boston Terror Attack Will Run This Year's Marathon
Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost part of her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, but that didn't stop her from ballroom dancing, which is her profession.
Now it's not stopping her from training for this year's April marathon, despite never being a runner in her life.
She says she is running to raise money for Limbs for Life, an Oklahoma group that provides artificial limbs to amputees who can't afford them.
The 35-year-old's left leg was blown off below the knee as she watched runners in the April 2013 marathon.
Three people were killed and more than 260 others injured.
Haslet-Davis is currently up to running 10 miles on a carbon-fiber blade.
She promised herself she would one day run the marathon after losing her limb.
That promise, she joked, was "made while I was doped up on Vicodin."
She is excited and "slightly terrified," she told The Associated Press Wednesday.
Last year, she ran the the last blocks of the marathon with her brothers. In the spring, wearing heels and a ball gown, she and a partner did the foxtrot across the finish line.
Self-pity is not in her vocabulary. Neither is the word "can't."
After being fitted with a $250,000 artificial limb and conquering physical therapy, she started dancing again.
She also started doing public speaking engagements on the importance of being resilient and not being cowed by the terrorist acts of cowards.
But running was another matter.
She can dance for hours, but "couldn't run a block" until she started training, she told the wire service.
"I'm not a runner," she said. Haslet-Davis had often teased her family and friends by saying, If I'm running, you should be, too, because something's wrong."
Limbs for Life development director Shelley Dutton said her organization admires Haslet-Davis and is thankful for her help.
"For her to be able to do this three years after the loss of her leg is exceptional. It's a tremendous road back. She's reached some incredible milestones," Dutton said.