When the 2015 Boston Marathon was set to take place on April 20th, it could have been seen as a somber reminder of the vicious attack that took place nearly two years before.

The terror attack left multiple people injured or dead. However, for those who survived, many decided that they would not let the actions of the few stop them from achieving their goals and crossing that finish line.

Dance instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, whose left leg had to be amputated below the knee, reminds us that even in the face of hardship, there’s hope.

Before the end of the race, she foxtrotted across the finish line wearing a ball gown with her dance partner. “Just returning to the finish line is emotional and difficult but I’m so incredibly thankful to have a new memory here, a great memory,” she said later.