Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott in Studio with Morning MAGIC

April 12, 2019

This year will mark the 5th anniversary of The Heather Abbott Foundation, an organization founded by Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott whose left leg was amputated below the knee in the wake of the second blast.

Since its inception in 2014, HAF has raised just over $900K and provided 30 life-changing prostheses to beneficiaries around the world from ages 5 to 57. This year, they hope to celebrate this anniversary by closing in on the $1M mark.

Sunday, April 14th the 5th Annual HAF Boston Marathon Weekend Fundraiser will be held at STRIP by Strega in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel from 1-5pm. The event will feature delicious bites, live music by Sean Rivers and a silent auction. HAF beneficiaries, including Army Veteran and special guest Angela Banks, members of the HAF / 2019’s Team Limb-it-less marathon team and other Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors are expected to attend. 


HAF will also host its annual Boston Marathon Watch Party at Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Hotel MONDAY April 15th from 11:30am-4:30pm



Heather’s Story:

On April 15, 2013, Marathon Monday in Boston – 38 year old Heather Abbott set out on an annual tradition to attend the Red Sox home game and then walk over to Boylston Street to watch the marathoners cross the finish line. Little did Heather know – this day would change her life forever. Heather was impacted by the second blast and literally blown into the entrance of a nearby restaurant. Former New England Patriots lineman Matt Chatham and his wife, Erin, saw Heather and carried her to safety. After 3 surgeries in 4 days, Heather was faced with an agonizing decision – face a lifetime of agonizing pain from her injuries or allow doctors to amputate her left leg below the knee. With the counsel and comfort of amputees who came to visit her in the hospital, and after much soul-searching, Heather made the difficult decision to live as an amputee.

For Heather, the ability to move forward came through the support of family and friends, fellow amputees and the countless strangers who not only sent her cards and letters of encouragement – but who also generously donated to a special fund to help her transition and receive the customized prostheses she needed to live the life she once knew.

Today, Heather is once again doing everything she loves to do, including paddle boarding, running and even wearing high heels! Her determination and passion to help other limb loss victims is evident in everything she does. As a certified Peer Counselor for the American Amputee Coalition, Heather is able to provide hope and emotional healing.

For Heather, The Heather Abbott Foundation is both an obligation and an opportunity to “pay it forward” – to give other amputees who have suffered limb loss through traumatic circumstances the chance to live their life – again.