Robin Tarani to become first amputee to walk the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Robin Tarani walked on the back roads in her hometown of Rutland.
Robin Tarani collected eggs from the chicken coop on her property in Rutland. Tarani has trained daily for the Jimmy Fund Walk, sometimes walking several miles.Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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RUTLAND — Robin Tarani had run some half-marathons and was happily training for the 2012 Boston Marathon. But in September 2011, as she headed to her job in home health care, Tarani was badly injured when a driver struck her Harley-Davidson 883 motorcycle.

After two years of surgeries, therapies, and recovery, Tarani is finally poised to do a marathon. On Sept. 8, Tarani, 50, will join 8,500 others at the 25th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to support cancer care and research.

She will be the first leg amputee to walk the 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Copley Square. With her sister — and a backpack containing a spare prosthetic leg and a tool kit — Tarani hopes she can prove to herself, and to the many recent Boston Marathon amputees, that such goals are achievable and worth fighting for.

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