BOSTON (CBS) – Ashley McGilloway is ready to take on the Boston Marathon course for the second year in a row. She’s running in memory of her uncle, Fred Abate, who passed away from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010.

She made it to about mile 23 in 2013 before the twin blasts on Boylston Street.

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She talks about how hard it was being told to stop, and how at first she actually kept going.

When she realized the finish line had been bombed, she said her heart started racing, and with her family and friends in attendance “she didn’t even know who had went to the finish line.”

Listen: McGilloway with WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Drew Moholland

McGilloway says she will always be thankful her teammates on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society team were there, because they all comforted each other. She has raised more than $11,000 for cancer research and says she’s “very proud of that.”

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McGilloway says it doesn’t feel like it’s been a year and Monday will bring a mix of emotions.

As far as what that feeling will be like crossing the finish line, she told WBZ, “when I think about it I get the chills, and I get tears in my eyes, but it will probably be one of the best feelings I’ll ever feel.”

She also says she can’t wait to hug everybody.

You can donate to Ashley’s fundraiser here.


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