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Boston Marathon bombing survivor runs in memory of 8-year-old victim

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Kelly Flowers. Boston Marathon bombing survivor Kelly Flowers.
Kelly Flowers is an equine therapist. Kelly Flowers is an equine therapist.
Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the bombing. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the bombing.
Martin Richard's sister lost one of her legs in the bombing. Martin Richard's sister lost one of her legs in the bombing.
Martin was near the backpack bomb at the finish line. Martin was near the backpack bomb at the finish line.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Many of us are running for different reasons right now from the Louisville Triple Crown to the Mini Marathon, but no one else in Greater Louisville is on a mission to run, and fundraise, like Boston Marathon bombings survivor Kelly Flowers.

When he's not running Flowers takes care of other runners, the equine variety.

Flowers is an equine therapist who spends much of his time surrounded by injured limbs, but nothing worse than what he saw that day in Boston.

"I could hear the second explosion, which was just up a tenth of mile," he said.

Flowers was running the 2013 Boston Marathon when a bomb blast changed his life. Two brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had planted pressure cooker bombs about 200 yards apart. The bombs went off just 13 seconds apart

"There's so much noise on the course, you think it's something to do with a celebration," he said of the blasts. "On a megaphone, they announced to everyone there's been two explosions at the finish area, and everyone around me, and me, started getting a little hysterical."

The hysteria was because everyone had family and friends waiting at the finish line. Flowers described the scene on Boylston Street once he arrived there.

"You had a pretty good idea it was really bad because was just a lot of blood everywhere."

Three people were killed by the bombs. One of them was Martin Richard, 8. Martin was at the finish line holding his handmade blue sign that read "no more hurting people, peace." Next to him was a backpack bomb and one of the terrorists who never read Martin's sign. Martin did not survive, but his 7-year-old sister did. She was among the 264 people injured. Like so many others that day she lost her leg.

Martin's parents established the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation. Out of hundreds of applications, Kelly Flowers is one of 72 Boston Marathon runners selected to Team MR8 - to raise money to be invested in education and athletics.

"I've been able to raise over $10,000 to this point," said Flowers. "It's really touched me and been overwhelming the response I've had."

With three boys of his own Flowers knows what it's like to have family by the bomb blasts and have no idea what happened to them.

"You always hear ‘take one day at a time, because nothing's guaranteed to you,' but when you go through something like that, you see that kind of thing happen, it really hits home," he said.

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