32-year-old professional ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet was one of many wounded during the terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston marathon. After being taken to the nearby Boston Medical Center for treatment she had to have her left leg amputated below the knee.
Three years later, Haslet returned to Boston as a runner in the 2016 marathon. She completed the race on a prosthetic leg to support the charitable organization Limbs for Life, for which she raised over $10,000.
Upon crossing the finish line Haslet declared: “I feel amazing
“It’s really emotional because I think of all of the definitions that this finish line has held.”
“Not only the crowd, but the runners too were encouraging, so supportive,” she added.
President Barack Obama acknowledged Haslet’s amazing accomplishment on Twitter, writing: “Thank you, Adrianne, for being Boston Strong. Terror and bombs can’t beat us. We carry on. We finish the race!”
Thank you, Adrianne, for being Boston Strong. Terror and bombs can't beat us. We carry on. We finish the race! https://t.co/55hmcsCHbJ
— President Obama (@POTUS) April 19, 2016
Earlier that day she also received words of encouragement on Facebook from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who called Haslet an “inspiration.”
Haslet had encountered some difficulty around the 7th mile due to leg swelling. She spent around an hour being attended to at a medical tent.
“I kept trying to get [the prosthetic] in and try and walk, but it wasn’t working,” she said. “I kept thinking, ‘I may have to pull [out of the race]. I may have to pull. I can’t pull, I have to finish.”
Thankfully, she said the “pit crew” at the tent were able to make “it work” and she continued the race.
“I don’t know if it sends any other message other than, if you put your mind to something, and you just try it and you push through, you can get there,” Haslet said.