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Adrianne Haslet

Global Patient Advocate for Amputee Rights, at Boston Marathon Survivor, Ballroom Dancer


Adrianne Haslet survived the unimaginable bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon where she lost her left leg below the knee. She quickly rose to meet her daily challenges head on with a unique perspective. Being a full time professional ballroom dancer at the peak of her career, she has had to learn an entirely new meaning to the word patience. In the wake of the marathon, she has become an inspiration through her positive attitude and infectious smile. She has returned to the dance floor and won first place at her first competition back.

Appearing on CNN, Dancing With The Stars, The View and many other media outlets, Adrianne hopes her emotional honesty serves as an example for others looking to overcome adversity in their own lives. She has inspired amputees worldwide through her work with Limbs for Life where she was recently asked to join the Board of Directors, as well as her work with ROMP in Ecuador, and her work with patients and doctors on a recent trip to Nepal. She speaks at TED Talks, global corporations, schools, the FBI, Terrorism task forces, police groups, NASA, and has spoken with Vice President Biden, President Clinton and many others.

She accepted a 2013 Med Star Gala Victory Award in Washington DC. She has been named one of Cosmo’s Most Powerful Women of 2013, named one of Bing’s Most Inspirational Women, given the 2014 On Cue Tribute Award, and most recently was honored at The Kennedy Center by the ADI for her work speaking out against extremism, bigotry, and terrorism at the Concert Against Hate. Adrianne has a documentary detailing her first year since the marathon, titled The Survivor Diaries, which she did with Anderson Cooper.

She kept her promise to dance again, as well as run the Boston Marathon, which she ran on her prosthetic the entire 26.0 miles, just this year. She also climbed the third highest active volcano, 19,000 feet in Ecuador, on the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is a fierce advocate above all else, changes laws in Congress and recently overturned the one leg a lifetime law in New York City. Adrianne’s quote, “I am not a victim defined by what happened in my life, I am a survivor defined by how I live my life,” rings true for everyone struggling with something in their own lives.