October 18th, 2013
08:44 PM ET

Boston bombing survivor: "We can't change what happened"

(CNN) – "We just watched the marathon and then boom."

On April 15, Jarrod Clowery, a 35-year-old carpenter and his three friends were at the Boston Marathon when they heard an explosion. Clowery and his friends were only a few feet away from the second explosion when it went off. While they all survived, each of his friends lost a leg in the blast.

It's been six months since three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Clowery about his life after the bombings.

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"I had a bit of a tough time when I got out of the hospital readjusting to normal life," Clowery says. "But recently in the past few months, I've been getting healthier."

Clowery was severely injured by the bomb that went off outside The Forum restaurant. All of his limbs were hit by shrapnel, hearing in his left ear has diminished by 20% and he's lost hearing altogether in his right ear.

Burnett asked Clowery how his friends are dealing with their injuries:

"One of my friends said we're going to be normal; it's just going to be a different kind of normal."

"You know those guys, they can't just get up and go like they did. And they still got a lot of healing to do."

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Clowery's three friends each lost their leg.

"I'm walking and I'm talking and I get to do some great things to help people," Clowery says. "My friends they got a lot worse injuries then I did but they're in good spirits also."

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Since leaving the rehabilitation facility in May, Clowery's days have been filled with working out at the gym, coaching his son's football team and starting a foundation called Hero's Hearts foundation.

Clowery says the foundation will recognize what he call 'real heroes' - first responders who don't get the recognition they deserve.

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The One Fund Boston, a nonprofit created to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, gave Clowery $735,000.

Clowery has used the money to help a few friends, his son and his foundation.

"I want to be very careful with that money to make sure that it goes out the same way that it came in - that's positive."

Clowery tells Burnett he doesn't think about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspects behind the Boston marathon bombings.

"Their story is their story," Clowery says. "It happened, it's got to be reported and I just choose not to get involved. I think, me and the other survivors have a chance to change things a bit by not giving them any recognition."

Clowery tells Burnett he is not planning to follow the trial.

Clowery says he can't run away from what happened. Every time he tells his story of the bombing, he replays that moment in his mind - the moment he was on top of a railing and was hit by the blast.

"We can't change what happened, but we can expose the good things that have happened whether it's my foundation, or the progress that some of the other survivors are making."

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