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Marathon Bombing Survivor to Speak at HHS

by Mary Greendale
October 1, 2018

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, Heather Abbott, tells her story October 4th, 7pm at Holliston High School Auditorium – FREE event to all

Heather Abbott will launch the school year with a conversation about perseverance, grit, determination, and overcoming adversity as part of ‘Mindshare’ (the new name for Holliston PTOs Parent Education Program).Heather will share how her annual tradition of watching a Red Sox game and then walking over to Boylston Street to watch the marathon runners cross the finish line went on to change her life forever when two bombs exploded into the crowd of well-wishers. Heather was impacted by the second blast and literally blown into the entrance of a nearby restaurant. Former New England Patriots lineman Matt Chatham and his wife, Erin, saw Heather in the bloody aftermath and carried her to safety.

After three surgeries in four days, Heather was faced with an agonizing decision – face a lifetime of agonizing pain from her injuries or allow doctors to amputate her left leg below the knee. Heather made the difficult decision to live as an amputee.

What followed was a journey through pain, anger, fear, disbelief, self-doubt, and questioning. Thanks to the support of family and friends, fellow amputees, and countless strangers offering encouragement, Heather has remained a model of strength and perseverance. Her determination and passion to help other limb loss victims is evident in everything she does. As a certified Peer Counselor for the American Amputee Coalition, Heather can provide hope and emotional healing.

During National Disability Awareness Month, Heather will remind us of the power of positive thinking and the real impact compassionate giving can have on the life of someone in need. This event is suitable for all students at the discretion of parents. Please mark your calendars for October 4th and do not miss this spectacular launch event for Mindshare, connecting the community with education.

For more information, please contact Anne Buckley at parentedevents@gmail.com

 

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