Even if you don't consider yourself a dancer, you'll want to indulge in some celebratory moves after reading about this. It may be just a little in-your-chair-rumba for humanity's awesomeness, but it still counts. Dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis experienced something devastating during the bombing of the Boston Marathon, which took place last year. When the wreckage was cleared away, Adrianne was left missing a portion of her leg. But she did not let depression take her over. She swore she would dance again.
This Wednesday, less than a full year after the attack took place, Adrianne took to the stage at the 2014 TED Conference and made good on her vow. With the help of doctors and new technology, Adrianne's back to doing what she was born to do: Dancing. Like Adrianne, Boston won't be held back either. The marathon will continue to be a Boston tradition, but like Adrianne's dancing, there will be some changes made.
More than 3,500 police officers will line the 26.2-mile route this year. It makes sense that security would be upped so dramatically in light of last year's bombings. Better to have more uniformed officers than risk putting anyone's lives on the line. But the cops won't be the only increase. So many runners are participating this year that folks have had to look out of state in order even book a hotel room to sleep in the night before the big race.
While the groundswell of support for the race itself is exceptionally moving, Adrianne's victory has a power all its own. Her journey back to the stage also proves that the greatest thing a victim can do is refuse that label, take back their life, and live it to the fullest. Adrianne said:
I’m thrilled to have danced again. It was invigorating to dance publicly with my new leg, but also to realize that my return to dance may have the power to inspire other people to reach for their goals and be proactive in their lives. My first dance happening to be so near the anniversary of the marathon bombing stands as a reminder that I’m a survivor, not a victim. I want to thank the people of Boston for their incredible support on every day of my journey.
Do you think the added police attention is necessary at the race?
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