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“Dear World” Portraits Depict Year Of Recovery

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BOSTON (CBS) — Marathon survivors posed for portraits, relaying simple, defiant messages.

Dear World: Boston Marathon” asked survivors to have portraits taken on the marathon finish line, with messages written on their skin. “Less Leg, More Heart” and “Even Stronger” were just some of the moving phrases painted on to the participating survivors.

Survivor David Fortier. (Credit: Dear World: Boston Marathon http://projects.dearworld.me/boston-marathon)

Survivor David Fortier. (Credit: Dear World: Boston Marathon http://projects.dearworld.me/boston-marathon)

For Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, the photo shoot marked their first return to Boylston Street since the attack.

“We got to pick what we wrote on our bodies,” Celeste Corcoran told WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes.

Survivor Celeste Corcoran (Credit: Dear World: Boston Marathon http://projects.dearworld.me/boston-marathon)

Survivor Celeste Corcoran (Credit: Dear World: Boston Marathon http://projects.dearworld.me/boston-marathon)

“I took off my prosethetics right at the seal, laid the legs down and on my naked legs I wrote ‘Still Standing,'” said Celeste.

Dear World: Boston Marathon is the brainchild of Robert Fogarty. He launched the “message-on-skin” project in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

“We asked people to share a message to someone or about something that they care about,” said Fogarty.

Bombing survivor Lee Ann Yanni. (Credit: Dear World: Boston Marathon http://projects.dearworld.me/boston-marathon)

Bombing survivor Lee Ann Yanni. (Credit: Dear World: Boston Marathon http://projects.dearworld.me/boston-marathon)

The Corcorans said the Dear World photo shoot provided a moment of healing.

“It was so great. I wasn’t scared. I didn’t have flashbacks. I was able to be there, be calm, and smile,” said Sydney.

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