Boston Marathon bombing survivor raises money for amputees

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Boston Marathon bombing survivor raises money for amputees in West Hollywood
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis is raising money for Limbs for Life, which helps amputees.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Adrianne Haslet-Davis is one of 17 survivors who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing.

She was a spectator, only out for a walk along Boylston Street on April 15, 2013.

"I heard a giant blast behind me and then all of a sudden I was covering my eyes and my ears and I was on the ground," Haslet-Davis said.

She remembers not being in pain even as she saw what happened to her body.

"I looked down and could see that my foot was gone immediately at that moment," she recalled.

Hearing the news at the hospital was not easy to accept for a young woman living her dream as a full-time professional dancer.

She went through dark moments, but is now an inspiration speaker and still a ballroom dancer. Haslet-Davis is also gearing up to run her first marathon ever - the Boston Marathon.

"I pushed myself and I was able to do it and I knew that I wanted to run for 'Limbs for Life' because I've been working with them for a couple of years now," she said.

Haslet-Davis is leading a team to raise money for the group, which helps amputees, and they held a fundraiser at SoulCycle in West Hollywood on Tuesday.

"They've been instrumental in showing me what the struggle is for amputees and how many people are on waiting lists to get legs," Haslet-Davis said. "You can donate a lot or a little but either way you are making a huge dent in the lives of amputees."

If you'd like to learn how you can donate to help Limbs for Life, click here.