A story of triumph: How one woman plans to honor friend, organization in Boston Marathon

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WLNE) — On April 18, Burrillville’s Candice Burroughs will run the Boston Marathon for the first time. However, she’s already thought about next year, when she plans to run alongside her friend Kendra Cucino-Dallesandro.

The two women grew up together and went to high school together and have stayed in touch throughout the years. After Cucino-Dallesandro had her leg amputated following a motorcycle accident in 2021, Burroughs decided to run the marathon in her honor.

Burroughs is running as part of a team for the Heather Abbott Foundation, which provides prosthetic devices to limb loss victims of traumatic circumstances and organizes a team for the Boston Marathon every year.

“It was just by happenstance that Candice happened to apply to run for our team and at the same time we happened to be organizing a grant for Kendra to receive a new high heel prosthesis, and so it was just fate that we all came together at the same time,” Heather Abbott said.

Thursday night, all three women were together as Candice held her final fundraising event for the Heather Abbott Foundation at Bravo Brewery in Pascoag. The brewery was packed, with people gathering for the food and drinks and over a dozen businesses offering items for a raffle.

“I have no words, it’s unbelievable” Burrough said. “Everybody came together for this foundation, they believed in this foundation, they believed in me and my belief in it, and that right there is what makes people commit… I have never quit on training, never quit on fundraising. 100% went into this every day, and it shows.”

“Injuries don’t define you,” Cucino-Dallesandro addsed. “To meet people like Heather who are so willing to give people a second chance, it’s very overwhelming. I’m so grateful to have these two women in my life, and it’s very heartwarming.”

If you’d like to help Candice meet or beat her fundraising goal you can visit this website.

You can find more information on the Heather Abbott Foundation here.

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