On April 20, Sydney Corcoran was severely injured in the explosion at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 170 people. The explosion severed Sydney’s femoral artery, but thanks to the kindhearted strangers who came to Sydney’s rescue, her life was saved.
Just weeks after the explosion, Sydney embraced her second chance at life by attending her prom at Lowell High School on May 28. Although Sydney had to use crutches at the dance, she didn’t let her injury stop her from having a great time AND earning the title of Prom Queen!
“When I was in the hospital, I didn’t think this was going to be possible and I got to the rehab and, because I was up and I was doing stuff, it felt more like I could do it. And it was a goal,” Sydney said.
“I keep feeling like I’m going to cry cause I’m just happy to be back,” Sydney said about reuniting with her classmates. “See now I’m going to start crying! It’s just really good to see everyone.”
Sydney was standing with her mother Celeste Corcoran at the finish line waiting for her aunt to finish the race when the bombs went off. Celeste tragically lost both of her legs below the knee, while Sydney’s legs were shredded and severely damaged by the explosion.
After the horrific blast, Sydney and her family received nearly $500,000 in donations from people all over the world to help pay for their medical and rehabilitation costs.
After winning the Prom Queen crown, Sydney has one more goal she wants to accomplish: to walk across the stage at her high school graduation.