By Michele Foley | April 18, 2016
In the three years since the Boston Marathon bombing, professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis has been an inspirational force. A spectator on that fateful day, Adrianne lost the lower part of her left leg below her knee. Since then, everything Adrianne has done only proves that she is a survivor, not a victim. “I refuse to be called a victim,” she wrote on her website. “I am not defined by what happened in my life. I am defined by how I live my life.” She vowed todance again, and she did. She vowed to run, and she has — she has even danced across the Boston Marathon finish line.
Her most significant challenge comes today, as Adrianne takes on all 26.2 miles of the challenging Boston Marathon course, wearing a prosthetic blade. While she’s running to raise money for Limbs For Life, she’s also running to say thank you to those who have helped her along the way, and to inspire others by her journey. Her week leading up to the race has been filled with incredible moments, which we hope will serve as extra motivation to get her across the finish line on Monday.
On Friday, April 15 — One Boston Day — Adrianne threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Boston Red Sox game.
On Saturday, Adrianne participated in the Boston Marathon 5K. She was carried across the finish line, though — she’s waiting to touch the finish line on the big day.
Adrianne Haslet (au centre) a survécu aux attentats de Boston en 2013. Au moment de l'attaque, cette danseuse professionnelle était spectatrice. Ce matin, c'est en tant que coureuse qu'elle a pris le départ du marathon. 📷 AP Photo/Michael Dwyer #marathon #bostonmarathon #boston #adriannestrong #courir #course #runner #running
Chilly temps couldn’t keep the smile off of Adrianne’s face during the 5K.
Adrianne spent part of the weekend taking photos in the finisher’s area, a tradition for many runners.
One leg, sock, and shoe; check. Start time; 8:50. Bib number; 28487. Adrenaline; top speed. Heart; bursting with love. Charity goal; reached and rising still. Vibe; chill. Time to read and rest, then RUN. Here's to every runner, may your hearts feel the love us survivors have felt, ten fold, on the course and onward. I couldn't be here without you. Ok now I'm crying…sleep tight!
By Sunday evening, all her gear was laid out and ready to go.
Adrianne started the morning with a necessary cup of coffee and repped Limbs For Life with pride. We can’t wait to see how Adrianne does!
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