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Fundraiser planned for Louisville native injured in Boston

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB)--An Eastern High School Graduate was just ten feet away from the Boston marathon bomb that killed 3 people and injured hundreds more last month.

We've all seen the blast and chaotic scene that followed during the Boston Marathon last month. But Louisville native Rebekah Gregory lived through it.

"I was standing right at the finish line," says Rebekah Gregory, Boston marathon bombing victim.

We talked to her by phone from a Boston hospital where she's still recovering.

Gregory says, "And everything was kind of gray almost, as if a tornado had come through."

She was watching the race, just 10-feet away from the blast.  "It threw us all over the place so my son was directly behind me and my boyfriend was to the left of me," says Gregory.

Gregory's son and boyfriend suffered only minor injuries, but hers are more serious.

"Two broken bones in my left leg, a broken ankle and a broken foot that they had to take two broken bones out of," says Gregory.

Since then, Gregory has endured several painful and costly surgeries.

"Between her medical bills and then her mom had been out there staying in a hotel in Boston so the travel expenses for her family," says Ashley Trzaskus, Gregory's friend.

So back here in Gregory's hometown, her friends decided to take action.

Trzaskus says, "The more information we were hearing about her and her injuries...we just Leslie and I decided we just needed to do something."

That "something" started with creating a facebook event and fundraiser and eventually a youtube video.

"They've asked friends from all around the country to send pictures with support Rebekah signs," says Trzaskus.

And so far, the donations and auction items have already started coming in.

Trzaskus says, "We've got a gift card from Polo Fields Golf club for a foursome, we've got teeth whitening from from Mortonson Family Dental, we've got some handmade jewelry from several different local artist."

Friends hope to raise 5-thousand dollars.  The fundraiser will be held this Saturday from 4 until 12 midnight at Brownies Whittington Parkway.  It is also kid friendly.

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