Teen’s mangled leg saved after marathon bombing; now her family funds research

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When Gillian Reny arrived at college last August, she longed to be an ordinary freshman. She moved into a dormitory, took psychology and writing courses, and checked out fraternity parties. But it was hard to keep the past at bay.

It was just days before classes began that Gillian had started walking again—on crutches. Her scars were still healing. And she struggled with how to answer when new acquaintances asked what had happened to her leg. Before long she made close friends on her hall and shared her story: She had nearly lost her right leg in the terror attack on Marathon Monday.

Now her family is launching a campaign to raise $3 million for trauma research, which they hope will eventually help others at risk of losing limbs.

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