Just a month and a half after sustaining a serious shrapnel wound and fearing she'd lost her mother Celeste in the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, Massachusetts teen Sydney Corcoran was crowned queen of her high school prom on Tuesday night.
"When I was in the hospital, I don't think this was going to be possible," she told local WCVB News. "Then I got to rehab and I was up and doing things. I felt like I could do it. So it was a goal. This and graduation, definitely goals."
Still using crutches, the raven-haired 18-year old looked stunning in a full-length, strapless white gown. "I'm so happy to be back…" she said when she arrived at the prom venue, Lowell Auditorium, with her date. "It's just really good to see everyone."
After she was crowned, friends and supporters tweeted their congratulations. "I can't think of a more deserving queen than you, sweetheart," wrote @ celamorwari. "WON PROM QUEEN? YOU. GO. GIRL. She is such an inspiration. So beautiful and strong, inside and out. #bostonstrong," tweeted @rinnconnley.
On April 15, Sydney and her mother Celeste were standing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon waiting to cheer on Sydney's aunt Carmen Accabo when a blast ripped through the crowds. The teenager, whose iconic photo was splashed across the news, suffered a severed femoral artery. Her mother, Celeste lost both legs below the knee. Mom and daughter were rushed to Boston Medical Center for surgery and eventually transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.
Before the Marathon attacks, Celeste worked as a hairdresser. Corcoran told the Today Show that of course her mom would want to help her primp for her big night. The day of the prom, she had her hair done at her mother's beauty salon on Newbury Street in Boston, not far from where the bombing occurred. It was her first trip into the downtown area since she began rehab. Although her mother is still recovering from her injuries, Corcoran said, "She was determined [to help out], so she made sure that she did my toes."
Both Sydney and her mother have received an outpouring of support both online and in person. Actor Bradley Cooper visited them in their hospital room, a few days after the bombings. A Facebook fund has raised over $700,000 to help them with their medical bills. Earlier in May, 20 Boston salons and 20 other businesses held a fundraiser called the Celeste-A-Thon. "There's people all over the world who have reached out to me," the Corcoran told Today. "And see, I'm going to start crying, it's so touching to me." It's a response fit for a queen.
Corcoran's high school graduation is June 7, and she plans on attending Merrimack College in the fall.
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