A Boston Marathon bombing victim who lost a leg in the attacks isn't letting her enormous injury stop her from doing what she loves best -- dancing. Brave 32-year-old Adrianne Haslet, a ballroom dancing instructor, has not only vowed to run the marathon next year, but she's going to take on an even bigger challenge. She's set to appear on Dancing With the Stars.
Adrianne was about four feet from one of the bombs, watching as a spectator with her airman husband, Adam Davis, who had just returned from Afghanistan, when her foot was blown off. She has since become famous for her fighting attitude within the hospital where so many victims are recuperating. She told the Boston Herald:
Dancing is my life. Yeah, having my foot blown off, that really sucks. But I can’t wallow in woe is me ... I can't let some [expletive] come along and steal my whole life.
DWTS announced last night that Adrianne would be a guest. She is a big fan of the show and has vowed to start training right away. DWTS fave Derek Hough reportedly wants to dance with her, and the dancer is super excited. Listen to Adrianne's incredible spirit:
I absolutely want to dance again and I also want to run the marathon next year. I will crawl across the finish line, literally crawl, if it means I finish it.
DWTS producers haven't said exactly what Adrianne will do on the show, but I'm wondering if she'll dance. It seems really soon to attempt that, doesn't it? She's just beginning therapy to relearn how to balance and walk. Plus, she'd have to be fitted with a prosthetic, I imagine. But, hey, if the producers of the amazingly popular show can give Adrianne even more reason to commit fully to her rehab, then that's pretty great.
When you've suffered an injury or been beaten down by life in another capacity, it's so essential to set goals for yourself. So now Adrianne has one for next week, as well as one for next year. Her coworkers at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, where she teaches, who have set up a fund for her recovery, say:
We are certain that if she wants to, she will dance again.
Adrianne wouldn't be the first woman without a leg to dance on DWTS -- remember Heather Mills McCartney did it? Maybe Adrianne can become a cast member next year.
Have you ever worked towards a goal to recover from a tragedy? Will you watch Adrianne on the show?
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