The Boston survivors
Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, one year on. Posted on April 15, 2014.
Roseann Sdoia, from the North End neighborhood of Boston, is hugged and lifted off the ground by Boston firefighter Mike Meteria as she leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Meteria was part of a group of first responders who brought Sdoia to the hospital after she lost part of her right leg in an explosion near the race's finish line. The same first responders were on hand for Sdoia's departure from the Boston hospital.
Roseann Sdoia walks with her boyfriend, Boston firefighter Mike Materia, after her doctor's appointment in Newton, Mass. Materia, who came to her aid after being severely injured in the bombing, is credited with helping to save Sdoia's life.
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia smiles during an interview at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Sdoia, a vice president of a property management development company in Boston, says, "It’s just my nature. I’m not a negative person. I’m not a Debbie Downer."
Roseann Sdoia uses crutches as she leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. She was at the finish line on April 15, 2013, rooting for friends in the race, when the second bomb went off. Aside from her leg injury, she suffered hearing loss. She was with four girlfriends; three of them lost hearing, and the fourth was unscathed.
Sdoia goes to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital twice a week for hour-long workouts with a physical therapist, and then she usually hops on the rowing machine to build her endurance after her therapy session. She aims to run again, a hobby she loved doing before her injury.
Marc Fucarile, center, holds hands with his mother, Maureen Fucarile, left, and his fiancee, Jennifer Regan, right, in his room at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Fucarile was only feet away from one of the bomb blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that resulted in the loss of one leg, severe damage to the other, as well as burns, and a piece of shrapnel lodged in his heart.
Marc Fucarile, of Reading, Mass., ties laces on a support for his left leg after rehabilitation exercises at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Peabody, Mass. Fucarile lost his right leg in an explosion near the finish line of the 2013 race.
Fucarile puts on a prosthetic leg at his home. He is adamant that he will recover and return to a full and active life; his focus is on others. He wants to be a motivational speaker and to set up a fund to help those who have suffered similar injuries, no matter the circumstances. He has been inspired by the generosity he has seen over the past year.
Marc Fucarile is helped by physical therapy assistant Joy Ross, with rehabilitation exercises on a stationary bike at Spaulding Outpatient Center.
Marc Fucarile walks from his home in Reading, Mass. Fucarile lost his right leg in an explosion April 15, 2013, near the finish line of the race
Ed Deveau, Watertown, Mass. police chief, stands on Laurel Street where Boston Marathon bombing suspect brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers, in Watertown. Deveau, like many others, refuses to say their names: "You'll get me to say, 'older brother, younger brother.' ... I think they get way too much attention. They tried to put fear in this city and they failed miserably." Deveau will run with 11 other Watertown police officers. Nine of them have never run a marathon before.
Boston Police Superintendent William Evans walks down the chute at the finish of the Boston Athletic Association half marathon in Boston. Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times, and finished in 2013 before the bombings occurred. This time he will be there as police commissioner, supervising increased security. "It weighs heavy on my mind, that I want this to go off well," he says. "I don’t want anyone hurt. I don’t ever want a repeat of the tragedy we saw that day."
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, recovering from a broken leg, pauses at the site of the first bombing near the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured in two bomb blasts on April 15, 2013. Now-retired, as mayor he rallied the city over the following year to help Boston move past it
Marc Fucarile waves a "Boston Strong" flag with his fiancee, Jen Regan, and their son, Gavin, partially obscured, before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks in Boston.
Nicole Lynch, sister of slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, speaks during an interview at her home in Dracut, Mass. Collier was allegedly killed by the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 19, 2013. Lynch still mourns her brother and will be at the 2014 race with Team Collier Strong to raise money for a scholarship fund to put one person a year through law enforcement training.
This March 2013 photo provided by Nicole Lynch shows her brother, Sean Collier, during a trip to Newfoundland, Canada. Collier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, was shot to death, allegedly by the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings