While Heather Abbott is recovering in a Boston hospital after losing the lower part of her leg, her community at home in Newport is coming to her aid.
Ryan Belmore is organizing a fundraiser Sunday at The Dockside. Local bands that Heather likes will play. They're expecting a full house in a place that holds more than 800. Belmore told NBC10, "Newport's a tight-knit community and this is one thing Newport does right. We come together for our friends and family."
Meanwhile, other people and businesses are trying to do their part. Friday night, The Rhino Bar & Grille collected donations to contribute to the cause. "I feel like everyone comes together in a time of need for someone. Overall, a great response. People seem to want to reach out and do whatever they can," said the establishment's general manager, Stephanie Whitney.
The tragedy at the Boston marathon has hit home for so many in Newport, as a bombing victim is one of their own.
Doug Key of Newport told NBC10, "It's amazing to see the whole town come together and support Heather. I've been working out with her at the gym for like 4 years now, and it just shocked me that it happened to someone as sweet as her. It's amazing that everyone collectively is putting donations in and getting fundraiser's together."
A web site set up by Abbott's friends has raised more than $100,000.
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