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In Fast Friendship, Bombing Survivor, Middletown Boy Inspire Each Other

Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott and Dryston McClain, 9, of Middletown, have found kinship in a friendship born out of adversity.

Some people are destined to be friends.

Take the friendship between Boston Marathon bombing survivor and Newport native Heather Abbott and Drystan McClain of Middletown.

McClain, 9, and Abbott, began their friendship after McClain heard about Abbott's injury and expressed concern in the form of a teddy bear he sent to her as she recovered in the hospital to make her feel better.

Abbott, who heard about Dryston through friends, soon learned about McClain's own challenges. He has a cyst on his brain that causes seizures. And when he went to the hospital, Abbott came to pay a visit — along with a teddy bear, "like he did for me," Abbott told WPRI.

Later, at a talk at Salve Regina — one of numerous appearances Abbott has made since her recovery began in the hopes of inspiring others to not give up in the face of adversity — Dryston was there. He raised his hand and asked if she'd run with him.

Of course, she agreed and today, the two find themselves bringing each other inspiration and strength.

It has been great getting to know Dryston and his family," Abbott said. "What a selfless kid he is."

Read more at WPRI.


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