Boston Strong and Orlando Strong.
Brought together by acts of hatred and terror, survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the June 12 shooting at an Orlando nightclub have found strength in solidarity.
On Saturday, 10 survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing flew to Orlando to visit six people who survived a shooting that claimed 49 lives and injured scores at a gay nightclub, Orlando Regional Medical Center told Mashable in an email.
"It's the family you never wanted but the people you can't live without," Lee Ann Yanni, a survivor of the marathon bombing, told the Orlando Sentinel.
Yanni and her husband Nick moved to Orlando in 2014, but the couple was standing just feet away from the finish line with the first bomb detonated on April 15, 2013. Nick has suffered permanent hearing loss, and Lee Ann told the Sentinel that her leg was so badly injured, she couldn't look at it for a month.
Celeste Corcoran, a double amputee after the bombing, met with Angel Colon, a survivor from the Pulse nightclub shooting, and the two found a common ground in their tragedy.
“You are Orlando Strong, we are Boston Strong, we are family now," Corcoran told Colon.
Dave Fortier, who was injured in the Boston bombing, led the charge to visit Orlando survivors. Fortier, 50, said having such a support system is vital to healing.
"What we found doesn't work is people trying to get better on their own," Fortier told the Sentinel. "The worst thing that can happen is for somebody to just go into seclusion. You want to reach out and ask for help when you need it.
"We wanted to let people here know today that we're here for them now. We're here for them in two weeks and we're here for them in two months when all the media and hype leaves. And we're here for them in two years," he added.
"It's like a grieving process," Corcoran, 50, said.
"You know, sometimes you're fine with it. You can talk about it. And other times it hits you. I still have days when I cry the whole entire day, because I miss my legs. I'm grieving my legs. But we're getting on with our lives."
The Orlando Regional Medical Center received 44 patients from the shooting, which is considered the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Seven patients are still hospitalized; four are stable and three are in critical condition, according to an Orlando Health spokesperson.
"This is just the beginning," Corcoran affirmed. "But they will get their lives back … But they have to choose that."