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Tucsonan runs Boston Marathon to honor best friend

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One of the thousands of runners hitting the streets of Boston for the marathon is from Tucson, and she is running for the first time to honor her best friend who was severely injured in the 2013 bombing.

Amy Dowe may have passed Udall Park on the east side for one of her many runs to prepare for the Boston Marathon. 

For many years she would go to the marathon with her best friend Roseann Sodoia.  The two would wait at the finish line and cheer on the runners as they crossed.  Amy had not been to the marathon in the last couple of years.  Roseann or Ro, as she likes to be called, was there in 2013 and was close to where the second bomb exploded.  She was severely injured, requiring her right leg to be amputated beginning at just above the knee. 

This past November Amy got an opportunity to run in the marathon.  She wrote an essay about her best friend and her fundraising efforts to help Roseann, and she found out in December that she had the green light to run.

On Saturday, April 19, there was a tribute walk for the victims.  Amy and her family were able to walk with Roseann to the finish line of the marathon.

"This is something she has always wanted to do as well.  I think it is bittersweet for that.  She's strong and all of those survivors from last year, the amputees, everybody who lost somebody, the families they've all been really strong," said Amy.

Amy is wearing number 31336. The group that she is running with is called 'Running for Ro' and  they are raising money to help Roseann buy a new prosthetic, as she continues her recovery process.

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