Marathon bombing survivor hopes to enter this year’s race

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – A woman that lost the lower half of her left leg in last year’s Boston Marathon bombing has expressed interest in entering the race this year.

Heather Abbott was at Olympic Physical Therapy Tuesday raising money to help pay for her prosthetic leg, and she said she hopes to run part of the marathon in April.

Abbott said former New England Patriot Matt Chatham helped her after the explosions, and that she befriended his wife, Erin, in the days that followed. Abbott told us she’s asked the Boston Athletic Association if she can run the final part of the race with Erin.

For the past 11 months Abbott has been steadily recovering from her injury. She’s working to raise a half-million dollars to cover the cost of her treatment and recovery. Olympic Physical Therapy donated $10,000 to the fund, giving Abbott a running total of nearly $200,000.

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