By: Sam Fenlon


Twitter: @SFenlonABC6

BOSTON, Mass. — It's been just about four years since Newport Native Heather Abbott lost her leg as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings.

She says she's doing well, pointing specifically to her thriving foundation which helps other amputees get the prosthetics they otherwise would not be able to afford.

“I think that it is definitely part of my healing process to give back,” said Abbott. “I think that being able to find some sense out of something unfortunate that happened to me and be able to help other people get through it the way I have is helpful for me personally.”

In the almost two and a half years that the Abbott Foundation has been up and running, the Rhode Islander has been able to help 12 others including this 10-year-old Kori Tickel from Somerset.

“The newest one I got. It has flames, multi-colored flames and I named it smoky,” said Tickel.

Tickel lost her leg in a lawn-mowing accident when she was two.

This year for the second time Tickle’s aunt, Karen Hetherson, is running the marathon as a member of Abbott's Team-Limb-it-less.

“It’s just amazing what she's done and just the thought of changing people’s lives,” said Hetherson.

So far this year, Team Limb-it-less has raised almost $70,000. It’s money Abbott will use to help others.

“Worrying about getting prosthetic devices wasn't a concern for me. I can't imagine what it would be like to have that concern,” said Abbott.

As for the race itself, Abbott says it’s never been difficult for her to go back. She tells ABC6 News that she is looking forward to cheering on her team from the Mandarin Hotel this Monday.

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