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Boston bombing survivors return to marathon, one year after attack

Published on Apr 22, 2014 6:25 PM

Among the 36,000 runners who took part in the Boston marathon on Monday, one group stood out for their courage - survivors of last year's deadly twin bombing.

Ms Celeste Corcoran was one of them. The 47-year-old was standing near the finish line to cheer on her sister Carmen Acabbo at last year's marathon when the bomb went off. She lost both legs and suffered a ruptured right eardrum in the attack which killed three people and injured 264. Her 19-year-old daughter, Sydney, who was with her, nearly bled to death after shrapnel flew into her right thigh, according to the Boston Globe. 

On Monday, Ms Corcoran, fitted with a pair of prosthetic blades, and her daughter joined Ms Acabbo near the Boston Marathon finish line at about 4pm. The trio ran the last block together, surrounded by journalists. She raised her hands in the air and said: "We did it." 

“Negative power is officially gone from this spot... Terrorists never, ever win,” she was quoted as saying by the Boston Globe. “For me, I did this for every single person who can’t run this race."

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