TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's a story forged by friendship. Amy Dowe and Roseann Sdoia have been friends for over 20 years.
Dowe eventually moved away to Tucson and Sdoia stayed in their native Boston. Like most strong friendships, if one needed help the other would jump into action. It's a sentiment never more true than it is today.
"I turned to my right to run and as I did that I pretty much ran right into the bag where the bomb was located," said Sdoia. "I saw like a pop, pop at my feet and I kind of just realized, 'Oh this is not good."
Nearly two months ago, Sdoia lost her right leg, just above her knee during the Boston Marathon bombings. She was in the ICU for a week and in rehabilitation for three. During that time, Dowe visited.
"It was the best week that I could have had but now that I'm home, the way that I found that I could help was by putting myself into this fundraiser," Dowe told 9OYS.
Dowe started the Roseann Sdoia recovery fund. All proceeds go toward medical expenses. Friday night, during a Tucson fundraiser, complete strangers turned out and offered help, handing over donations.
"Human kindness has come out. It's overwhelming," Dowe said.
Sdoia has a message for them.
"I really want to thank everybody in Tucson [and] the outpouring [of] support from people that I've never met, that don't know me," Sdoia said during an interview with Nine On Your Side.
We showed the video to those supporters. For many, it was the first time they heard Sdoia's voice, saw her face.
"It brings it closer to home and you realize we all need to work together," one supporter said.
"It's just great to see that big smile on her face," another added.