On April 15, 2013, Celeste Corcoran lined the famous Boylston Street with her husband and daughter as she waited for her sister to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon. What happened next would leave the world in shock and forever change Celeste’s life. When the first bomb went off, Celeste was thrown to the ground. Her husband quickly stripped off his own belt and grabbed one from a bystander to apply tourniquets to her legs. As they were rushed to the hospital, they had no idea there they would be reunited with their daughter Sydney who suffered an almost mortal wound just yards away. After many surgeries Sydney would recover, however Celeste lost both of her legs, one below and one through the knee.
Just six weeks after the bombings, Celeste and her family joined CAF and some of the other Boston survivors at the 2013 Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope where they were honored as the “Heroes of Boston” and officially welcomed to the CAF family. Over the next few months Celeste proved, as she says “you can hurt us, but you can’t stop us,” as she attended CAF Ossur Leg Amputee Run Clinics and joined CAF in San Diego for the San Diego Triathlon Challenge where she crossed her first finish line hand-in-hand with other survivors. Then in January, Celeste received her first pair of Ossur Flex Run Feet from a CAF grant.
At the 2014 Boston Marathon Celeste joined her sister once again at the finish line, this time running through the finish to the cheers of her family, friends, CAF supporters and thousands in the crowd. Celeste says she is still adjusting to her “new normal.” Her determination and strength help grow stronger every day and CAF will be here for support throughout her journey.