A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings says she's training to run this year's race: all 26.2 miles of it. Adrianne Haslet-Davis said in an interview aired on Jan. 26 on the Hallmark Channel that she'll run to help raise money and awareness for Limbs for Life, an Oklahoma City-based organization that provides prostheses to low-income amputees who can't afford artificial limbs. "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 said. Read the full story at NBC 4 Washington.
Adrianne was injured by one of the bombs that exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line. Adrianne sits in her room at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston a week after the bombing. The professional dancer lost her left leg below the knee in the 2013 bombing attacks, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
A professional ballroom dancer, Adrianne says, "dancing is the only thing that when I do it, I don't feel as though I should be doing anything else." She has resumed her pro dancing career and added a new job to her resume: public speaker.
Her success as a public speaker can be tied to her positive attitude in the wake of the attack. "I refuse to be called a victim. I am not defined by what happened in my life. I am a survivor, defined by how I live my life."
On the first anniversary of the bombing attack, Adrianne joined her brothers, Timothy and David Haslet, at the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon, running a short distance of the race. Last year she wore a ballroom gown and danced the foxtrot across the finish line. She confessed to a reporter from the Associated Press that she doesn't consider herself a runner. "If I'm running, you should be, too, because something's wrong," she joked.
Adrianne has been in demand since she vowed to inspire others with her story. She's been interviewed by Anderson Cooper, danced at the TED Conference, and even gone backstage to meet Beyonce before a concert in Boston. In this photo, she is joined by Cosmo Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles and Barbara Walters at the Cosmo 100 luncheon in New York City.
In an interview after last year's Boston Marathon, Adrianne said that she had focused her life on a new quest. "My goal is to inspire," she told the Boston Herald's Peter Gelzinis. With last week's announcement of her intention to run this April, that is one goal she has already achieved.