“Dancing With the Stars” will pay tribute to professional ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who was grievously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, during the results show Tuesday.
Although the vivacious 32-year-old’s leg was amputated below the knee as a result of her wounds, she is determined to return to the ballroom.
“Dancing is my life,” she told the Boston Herald. “Yeah, having my foot blown off, that really sucks. But I can’t wallow in woe is me.”
On Saturday, according to a posting on Haslet-Davis’ online fundraising page, ABC sent a camera crew to Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Center to profile the Arthur Murray Studio dance instructor.
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“Adrianne’s appearance on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ was filmed today, and will air Tuesday night,” according to the Fund for Adrianne, which has raised more than $220,000 to cover her medical expenses. “We can’t wait! Be sure to tune in!”
“Thank goodness we have amazing technology now where she will be able to walk, she will be able to walk again in a different way,” “DWTS” pro and three-time champion Derek Hough told TODAY.com. “I think that … tragedies like that, which are so unfortunate, you can find the brightest light as well.
“I just pray and hope for her that she finds that bright light and turns it into something that’s special in her life. … I just hope for the best, that she stays in that positive place.”
She has plenty of support from her family, friends and a nation inspired by her story — but especially her husband, Adam. The U.S. airman, who had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan, was also injured when the couple were cheering the marathoners from the sidelines.
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And Hough would welcome the opportunity to dance with Haslet-Davis under the giant “DWTS” mirror ball.
“I love to share moments like that,” said Hough, who recently partnered on the show with blind dancer Brilynn Rakes. “We get so used to being in the studio and being on the set we forget how special (dancing) can be for somebody else.”
“It brings me so much joy,” he added. “If anything it’s a selfish thing because I get so much joy from it.”
Not as much joy as Haslet-Davis herself, who told the reporters, “It would be great,” to perform on the show. “They’re really great.”
“We are certain that if she wants to, she will dance again,” her co-workers at Arthur Murray — the same studio where Boston native and Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman trained with her “DWTS” partner, Mark Ballas — wrote on Haslet-Davis’ fundraising page.
“She is one tough cookie,” they wrote, “and an inspiration to us all.”
— Additionalreporting by Michael Maloney