Professional dancer who lost leg during Boston Marathon bombing will run it again

A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing says she is training for this year's race — for a worthy cause.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, 35, plans to run all 26.2 miles to raise money and awareness for Limbs for Life, an organization based in Oklahoma City that provides prostheses to low-income amputees, according to The Associated Press.

"I'm really excited and slightly terrified," Ms. Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg below the knee during the attacks, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday. She said she is up to 10 miles in training and is using a carbon-fiber blade.

In 2014, during the first Boston Marathon after the attack, Ms. Haslet-Davis ran the last few blocks of the course with her brothers. Last spring, she and a partner danced the foxtrot across the finish line, dressed in a long gown and heels.

"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, according to The Associated Press. "I knew it would be powerful if I were able to do that — not only for myself but for other amputees who are saying, 'I can't do this or that.'"

The 120th running of the Boston Marathon will take place April 18.

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