Boston Marathon Survivor Says She Ran two thousand sixteen Race to Declare 'Giant Thank You'

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 3:49 AM

Haslet-Davis had to have her lower left leg amputated. She'd been a professional ballroom dancer at the time of the two thousand thirteen blast. Monday, she returned to the 26.2 mi race -- this time as a competitor.

Boston Marathon Survivor Says She Ran two thousand sixteen Race to Declare 'Giant Thank You'

Three years ago, when terrorist bombs rained down on the Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet-Davis and her husband were injured while on the sidelines.

Haslet-Davis had to have her lower left leg amputated. She'd been a professional ballroom dancer at the time of the two thousand thirteen blast.

Monday, she returned to the 26.2 mi race -- this time as a competitor.

"I wanted to declare a giant thank you to anyone who'south ever reached out, given a hug or a letter or kind words to myself and all the other survivors," she told ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston.

Haslet-Davis, who's running to lift funds for the Limbs for Life Foundation, has received tons of support. Even New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sent words of encouragement her way.

"Two years ago I was lucky sufficient to meet Adrianne Haslet, a survivor of the two thousand thirteen Marathon bombings," he wrote Monday on Facebook. "She'south on the course now, running the race for the first time -- with a prosthetic leg. Adrianne thank you for being my inspiration!! #?BostonStrong?."

Haslet-Davis is slated to cross the finish line Monday evening and expects it'll be an emotional experience.

"I just hope I've sufficient hydration to cry and running at the same time," she said.

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