Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Speaking in Steubenville, OH

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Two years since the Boston Marathon Bombings, survivors and rescuers gathered at a ceremony to remember the three people who were killed and hundreds injured.

Among the sound of bagpipes– Boston‘s mayor and the state’s governor joined together, unveiling commemorative banners at the site of the blasts.

One of the survivors of that horrific day will be telling her story right here in the Ohio Valley.

Rebekah Gregory even went to court to face the man who committed the crime. Rebekah Gregory had traveled all the way from Texas to watch the marathon with her son, Noah. That morning they were standing less than 10 feet from where the first bomb exploded.

She doesn’t hesitate to share her story and even spoke out on the two year anniversary of that tragic day.

“The TV crews go away and you don’t see it on the news, that doesn’t mean it is gone for those people,” Gregory told CBS This Morning. “It means that if is very much real and a very much a part of us.”

In a little more than 24 hours, the Tri-State area will have the privilege of hearing from Gregory, who is scheduled to share her message as the next speaker in the Herald-Stat/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series.

“Her story is very inspiring,” said Ross Gallabrese, Executive Editor of the Herald-Star. “She could’ve become very depressed. Instead, she’s taken it as an inspiration to make herself better and she hopes to be able to make the world better through that.”

The explosion destroyed Gregory’s left leg.

Over 19 months, she had 17 surgeries.

Last November, Gregory finally decided to amputate her leg.

“I’m doing normal things again. I took my son to the movies the other night. I walk through the airport and I don’t have to use a wheelchair,” she said. “Those things are amazing to me, thinking about how far I have come in such a short period of time.”

Gregory’s presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in the Steubenville High School Auditorium.

Tickets can still be purchased at the Herald-Star in Steubenville, OH in advance for $20 or $25 at the door.

WTRF is a proud sponsor of the event.

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