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Boston Marathon bombing survivor honored in DC

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Four people were killed and another 282 injured in the Boston Marathon bombings last April.

Among the 16 who lost limbs in the twin bombings was ballroom dance instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis.

"When I dance," Haslet-Davis said from her hospital bed shortly after the April 15th explosions, "I don't care about anything else. That's why this is hard because I can't just get up and dance right now."

But Haslet-Davis is doing more than that now six months later. On Wednesday night, she came to the nation’s capital to accept a Victory Award from MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital.

"Today I'm great," Haslet-Davis tells FOX 5 News. "I have my moments still. And I know I will for quite some time and I've come to grips with that. And I think it's about being emotionally honest with yourself."

She is attending the awards dinner in Northwest D.C. with many others who have suffered catastrophic injuries or debilitating illnesses.

"Dancing obviously is my passion," she explains. "It's my heart, it's my life. But I also have a newfound passion to raise awareness for the awareness of technology and prosthetics and making people aware of all the prosthetics that are out there."

The National Rehabilitation Hospital has been honoring Americans with disabilities since 1986 -- using the awards ceremony to recognize achievement and inspire future success.

"When we have people in our hospital or any of our outpatient centers," says MedStar NRH Executive Derek Berry, "where they're doing rehab, whether it's a sports injury or someone who has a stroke or brain injury, we're trying to set them on the path for their next journey in life."

For Haslet-Davis, that journey is already well underway.

"I am starting to dance again and I am learning how to scuba dive for an upcoming trip," she tells us. "To fulfill a dream of always wanting to swim with sharks."

Taking risks and making the most out of one of Boston's darkest days.

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