Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor To Launch Foundation

By Paul Burton, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott says her life is forever changed, but with that change she is determined to make a difference.

“It inspires me to keep moving forward,” Abbott said.

“I think one of the things to help me recover was to recognize what I couldn’t change, accept it and figure what I have to do with what I have left,” she added.

Abbott was severely injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Part of her leg had to be amputated.

This marathon weekend, she’s launching her new Heather Abbott Foundation to help provide prosthetic devices for victims of trauma.

“As a new limb lost victim myself my eyes were opened to the tremendous cost in insurance coverage for them,” she said.

Abbott says it’s been a long two years but thankful for all the support she’s received.

“I recognize it as a problem and I’m trying to bring awareness to it,” she said.

Her launch will take place Sunday from 1-to-5 p.m. at the Town Stove & Spirits restaurant on Boylston Street in Boston and is open to the public.

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