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Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott Launches Charitable Foundation

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Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation. The charity will provide...

Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation.  The charity will provide funds for other amputees.

Before Heather Abbott lost her leg, she says she never realized the variety of prosthetics needed for things like swimming, biking, even wearing high heels.  Or that those prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.

Abbot said that’s important because most insurers won’t cover leg prosthetics for activities other than walking.

“And they can range in between fifteen thousand dollars, to over a hundred thousand dollars.”

Abbott was able to afford them because the Boston Bombings garnered such an outpouring of support, but many amputees are not so fortunate.  She hopes her foundation can help those without the high profile circumstances.

“I couldn’t help but think what if I were in a car accident, and the whole world didn’t know about me, what would happen? And I’ve met so many people who are in that very predicament,” said Abbott.

The charity, called the Heather Abbott Foundation officially launches Sunday; the day before this year’s Boston Marathon.

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Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott Launches Charitable Foundation
Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott Launches Charitable Foundation