Heather Abbott Foundation Boston Marathon Events
Next Monday is Marathon Monday, and the Heather Abbott Foundation is planning two events to raise money for customized prostheses for amputees.
Rhode Island native Heather Abbott was one of the hundreds injured during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. As a result, her left leg was amputated below the knee and she had to learn how to walk, run and swim with different types of prosthesis.
Abbott decided to create the Heather Abbott Foundation (HAF) when she learned how expensive prosthetic limbs are and the lack of heath care coverage that exists for the various devices needed to live a regular life. The foundation helps new amputees obtain the prostheses they need to resume their former lives as closely as possible.
The Heather Abbott Foundation will join the Boston Marathon the day before, April 17, and the day of, April 18, with special events to raise money for the nonprofit.
April 17: The Heather Abbott Foundation will return to Boylston Street for the second annual Boston Marathon Fundraising event at Towne Stove and Spirits from 3–7 p.m. During this event, the members of the Heather Abbott Foundation’s marathon team “Limb-it-Less” will be congratulated on their fundraising efforts leading up to the marathon. The evening will feature motivational stories from foundation recipients as well as live music from professional singer Sean Rivers. Appetizers and drinks will be served and there will be several raffles while attendees have the chance to learn more about the Heather Abbott Foundation. Tickets for this event are now on sale here for $20 and will also be available at the door for $30.
April 18: The Heather Abbott Foundation will cheer on runners from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at their Marathon Watch Party for Team “Limb-it-Less.” Foundation members will have a front row seat to the race at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located right before the finish line on Boylston Street. Attendees can either venture inside the Mandarin for appetizers and drinks or stand on the street for an up-close view of the race. Tickets for this event are now on sale here for $50 and $10 for children under the age of twelve.