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Second Leg of the Journey: Second Set of Limbs

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Matthews, N.C. (WJZY) -- She was an exercise instructor at the YMCA.

“Everybody says, you take her class and it is hard. She works you hard,” said Dana Rati.

She ran marathons and 5Ks all across Charlotte to support others.

“I was a huge runner. Running makes me so happy,” said Kristan Seaford.

Hundreds showed up in Matthews to support her – Kristan Seaford – on her first one mile walk with new hands and feet.

“Every year we do a fun run. All my friends from the neighborhood will be there…50, 60 people…then it got to 300 people and then it got to 500 people,” said Kristan.

At the end of the day, nearly 800 people showed up to support Kristan.

This past January, she lost both her hands, left foot, and part of her right foot after flu-like symptoms turned deadly.

“It would be a lie if I said there weren’t hard moments and some hard days when it was hard to get out of bed and keep going.

But especially at the beginning, I would start with 10 leg lifts, then once I was done with those, I knew I could do my arm raises,” said Kristan.

She clearly didn’t stopped there. She’s been working up to this one mile walk nearly every day.

“The sidewalk goes right in front of our house that she walks down. My husband looked out the window and said

‘That’s Kristan walking down the street!’ We all ran out to the front porch and cheered for her,” said Dana, Kristan's friend and neighbor.

It’s that motivation from the community – Kristan says – has kept her going.

“At the end of the race, everyone was cheering and cheering..."

“Every other race in my life, that’s where I start sprinting..."

“It was really hard to not start running. Next race I will. With all this support, how can I not?” said Kristan.

With the $200,000 dollars raised in this event, Kristan might just have everything she needs to run next time across the finish line.

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