On Marathon Monday, Abbott Hopes To Put 2013 Behind Her

Apr 20, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbot said she will attend the race Monday.  Abbot, who lives in Newport, lost her left leg following the blast at the finish line.

Heather Abbott and former governor Lincoln Chafee in Newport.
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She said she’ll watch the races joined by loved ones, continuing her annual Marathon Monday tradition.

“I’ll be spending the day in Boston with my same group of friends that I’m always with, trying to create some better memories, and put that memory of 2013 in the past.

This weekend, Abbot celebrated the launch of her foundation, the Heather Abbott Foundation, which provides funding for prosthetics for other amputees.

Heather Abbot said no matter what happens to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of helping carry out the bombings, her circumstances will remain the same, as will all those affected.

Tsarnaev was found guilty on thirty charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction.  He faces life in jail or the death penalty.

Abbott said she just hopes that the families of the three people killed in the bombings will find closure as the federal trial comes to an end.

“It doesn’t really matter to me what happens to him.  I just hope that the families of those who lost loved ones have the outcome that they hope for,” said Abbott.

The parents of the youngest victim of the bombings have said they hope to avoid the death penalty.

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