“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.” ― Vince Lombardi
Roseann had her last day of physical therapy at Spaulding Rehab a month ago on May 8th. She works hard every day to create a seamless, natural gait. Roseann says, "I am now left on my own to use the tools they have provided me with. Although my gait is still off I just have to continue doing what I learned in PT." Here is a photo of Roseann doing some hard work at a PT session a few months back.
On May 17, Mike Materia, first responder and now Roseann's boyfriend was honored at the 135th Firefighters Ball with a Medal of Honor from the Boston Fire Department for his role in the Boston Marathon. Congratulations Mike - and THANK YOU!!!
Roseann does a beautiful and honest interview with PBS. Please watch...
For me, 4/15 is just a date. The Boston Marathon has much more significance than just the month and day. There are so many emotions associated with today & its events. Thankfully, along with the sad, there have been very happy moments and bonds that have formed with old and new friends (in some cases more than friends ). I cannot thank everyone enough for their support over the past year. You have all made my recovery that much easier! MUCH love to all!!! Shana Cottone, Shores Salter, Mike Materia, Jenna Dziedzic, Alissa Ward, Sabrina Dello Russo and Megan Lawrence. - Roseann
Here we are, the day before the big race. So many emotions but as I mentioned previously I am thankful for those that are supporting by running tomorrow. My hope is that I will be there somewhere on Boylston (as hard as it will be) to cheer you on but I'm still not sure. But please know I will be thinking and tracking each of you through your the day. Much love to all of you and thankful for all that you have done, for this race and this past (difficult) year. John Abbott, Nancy Abbott, Maria Benway, Joe Bryson, Sarah Friedman, and a special shout out to Jennifer Anstead "” with Megan Lawrence, Amy Dowe, Sabrina Dello Russo, Katy Zanetti, Ryan Buckley, Mark Buckley and Matt Murphy.
Love Roseann xoxo
A post from Roseann:
I know I have been "absent" over the last several months as all the training has been going on for both the 5k and the marathon. Please know even though I've removed myself from it each of you have been in my thoughts, even more so as we enter this weekend. I cannot thank you all enough for making it your mission with these 2 races to help me out and additionally I hope it helps you all heal in your own way. It is with a very heartfelt thank you to all and wish you all the best of luck tomorrow Jenna Dziedzic, Marisa Agapito Gianino, Carla Ascione Alissa Passacantilli Tizzano Alissa Ward Tracey Milligan Jane Chantal Jackie Loehr Carroll Lindsay Small Deirdre Fleming Shea Lisa LaVerne Zanetti Carolyn Hayes Kathleen Jones Dawn Pomeroy Patty Taylor O'Neill Nikki Innocent Rene, Kaitlyn, Shane, Erica, Justin, and Brian! - Roseann XOXO
DVR ALERT!!! Roseann will be on Katie tomorrow, Friday April 18th, at 3:00pm on WCVB Channel 5 (Boston) or check your local listings.
A message from Roseann:
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie
It is important, today, to express my gratitude for a year filled with people who sustained me through the most difficult physical and emotional time in my life. I am grateful to Shores, the civilian who ran in when he could have turned away, grateful for Shana and Mike, as well as the police and firemen who risk their lives every day. I'm grateful for the doctors, nurses, aides, physical therapists, occupational therapist and everyone involved in treating me at MGH and Spaulding. I am grateful for the family, friends (old and new) and strangers who have given their love & support over the last year through thick and thin. It is so much that I am not sure I can repay, other than offering my deepest, most sincere expression of thankfulness and gratitude for all that has been done for me and my fellow survivors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Roseann
Roseann, Mike, Shana and Shores will be on the Matty in the Morning Show tomorrow morning!!! They should be on in the 7:00 hour. Tune in to Kiss 108 (WXKS 107.9) or listen on iHeart Radio. Matty and his crew have been wonderful to Roseann this past year and we are so grateful for their support!
Robert X. Fogarty and his Dear World Boston project brought Roseann to the Boylston Street Finish Line to reclaim that space with her message of strength. Thank you Robert for giving Roseann the opportunity to continue to be Boston StROng!!!
Roseann and Mike attended an event at the Paradise last night in Boston to raise money for the funds of fallen firefighters Lt Ed Walsh and Firefighter Mike Kennedy. It's heartening to see that the NE Patriot's Gronkowski (pictured with Ro and Mike) along with other professional athletes and local celebs came out to lend their support!
"But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown
To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger's frown."
~Frederic G.W. Fenn, "Ode to our Firemen," 1878
Engine 33 Ladder 15 holds a very special place in Roseann's heart. It was Mike Materia (in photo taken from banner on Roseann's Facebook support site) who held Roseann in the back of the paddy wagon during transport to MGH after the explosion on April 15th. Mike is stationed at the Boylston St House and has lost two brothers. This past year, the firefighters there and Roseann have forged an unbreakable bond. Mike and Roseann (and the city of Boston) are now moving through another personal tragedy. Please offer your support and visit www.bosfirecu.com
to contribute, if you can, to the fund for these two remarkable heroes.
Roseann was at the Forum restaurant on Boylston St today for a fundraiser brunch organized by the "Running for Ro" Marathon and 5k team. Thank you to all the organizers, the Forum restaurant and all who attended and supported the event. Please visit and click Like on the "Running for Ro" Facebook page for bios and updates on the teams training and fundraising efforts!
Roseann, Celeste Corcoran and Heather Abbott were photographed and filmed at the finish line on Boylston Street this past Thursday by world renowned photographer Robert Fogarty. Here's a powerful clip of three women who are unstoppable!
Kevin Spacey visited Roseann while she was at Spaulding Hospital and even tweeted about how amazing she is shortly after his visit. Watch as he talks about his feelings about our extraordinary city of Boston...and how the 2nd Boston came to be. Enjoy!
"The soul is healed by being with children." -Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This letter was sent to Roseann from the 10 year old daughter of one of Ro's college friends. The world is a better place because of people like Sarah. Great job Mom and Dad!!!
From Roseann :
Finally, during my down time recovering from the ear surgery this past week after almost 9 months, I had the time to read through everyone's posts and donations on the Go Fund Me Site. All 4945 of them. Words cannot express my feelings as I read through some of the nicest, kindest words from family, friends and complete strangers. Near and far. And I know there are many who have donated directly as well and my thanks to all of you too. It continues to be truly amazing and gives me renewed strength and focus to keep forging forward in this recovery battle. It's hard but I've come to realize that the only thing I can do at this point is say thank all to you for being so generous, showing me true human kindness. Xoxo
"A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money." -John Ruskin
Thank you for your kindness and healing thoughts yesterday while Roseann underwent surgery to repair her ruptured eardrum. The surgery lasted about 3 1/2 hours and the doctors considered the procedure a success! Roseann arrived home around dinner time and rested comfortably last evening. She is now taking it easy for the next few weeks to allow its healing. Have a wonderful weekend!!
"Last & final surgery this morning. Rebuilding the ear drum. Yes even in this blizzard. Happy 2014 everyone! Looking forward to a fresh start." Roseann Sdoia from Roseann Sdoia Recovery and Support Facebook Page
Thank you to Brasserie 28 in Andover MA and Smith Motor Sales of Haverhill MA for the wonderful fundraiser last evening! Here is a photo of the lucky raffle winners. To all who were involved in the evening in any way - thank you for your generosity and support as Roseann continues her recovery journey!
Check out this video on Roseann's upcoming documentary - Who Says Roseann Can't Run? - Your support is so very much appreciated!!!
Roseann, Celeste & Sydney Corcoran and Jeff Bauman were honored as Grand Marshals at Lowell's City of Lights parade Saturday November 30th.
From Roseann Thursday 11/28/13 (taken from Roseann Sdoia Recovery and Support Facebook page)
I have SO many reasons to be thankful this year! Thanks to the strangers, police, firefighter and doctor that kept me alive on April 15. I am thankful for all the old friends, new friends and many who don't even know me who have supported me since then. I am thankful for my family who gave up their lives during my recovery. All I can say to everyone is thank you! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!
Who Says Roseann Can't Run??? Oh yes she will!!! Please watch this video about a documentary in the works that will chronicle Roseann's return to running!
Here is a photo from River Hawk Strong. Roseann, Celeste Corcoran, Karen Rand and their first responders were honored as special guests at UMass Lowell last evening as the UML River Hawks Men's Hockey team took on the Northeastern Huskies. These amazing honorees donated the proceeds of the evening to America's Fund as a way of saying "thank you" to the wounded veterans who were immediately by their sides showing care, compassion and support after Marathon Monday. What a beautiful way to remember and honor our veterans on this special weekend. Happy Veteran's Day!
Roseann on the Red Sox...
Roseann, Celeste and Karen give back to those who have made such a difference in their recovery. November 9, 2013 7:00pm Northeastern Huskies v UML River Hawks at Tsongas Center Lowell MA
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RIVER HAWKS TO HONOR BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING SURVIVORS AND FIRST RESPONDERS
Portion of Proceeds from "River Hawk Strong Night" to Benefit
America's Fund, UMass Lowell Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund
LOWELL, Mass. (October 24, 2013) "“ UMass Lowell will honor the victims, survivors and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombing with "River Hawk Strong Night" on Nov. 9 prior to the UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern hockey game at 7:00 p.m. Marathon survivors Celeste and Sydney Corcoran of Lowell, Karen Rand of Somerville and Roseann Sdoia of Dracut will drop the ceremonial first puck. They will be joined on the ice by first responders.
A portion of the ticket sales from the game will support Boston Marathon bombing survivors through America's Fund and the UMass Lowell Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund. America's Fund is a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. In 2013, America's Fund created a new program, the America's Fund Mentors, through which veterans will mentor those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and accompany them through their rehabilitation, providing hope and encouraging success along the way to recovery. UMass Lowell established the Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund in the days following the April 15, 2013 attack to benefit anyone affected by the tragedy who wishes to pursue an education at the university.
"I am grateful for the support of the veterans who came early on during the recovery process. Their encouragement, confidence and tips have come in handy with attacking every day," said Sdoia of America's Fund. Sdoia, a UMass Lowell alumnus, lost her right leg in the marathon bombings. "We are honored by the outpouring from the UMass Lowell community," she said.
Sydney Corcoran, Celeste Corcoran and Rand also suffered severe injuries in the marathon attacks.
"Sydney and I are both honored to be a part of this fundraiser that will benefit America's Fund and the university's scholarship fund," said Celeste Corcoran. "There are no words to describe the support and feelings of empowerment during our at times slow recovery."
"Like everyone, we were stunned by the bombings at the Boston Marathon and continue to be inspired by the strength and grace the survivors have shown in the months since the attack," said UMass Lowell Director of Athletics Dana Skinner. "While time has passed, the needs of the survivors still remain, and we are pleased to be able to contribute in even a small way. We appreciate all the support and generosity of the River Hawks' fan base, the campus and the Lowell community."
Tickets for the River Hawks are on sale now and can be purchased at the Tsongas Center Box Office, which is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fans may also purchase tickets online at TsongasCenter.com or by contacting Andrew Ralph (email@example.com; 978-934-5749) or Joe Fellini (firstname.lastname@example.org; 978-934-5751).
Here is a video highlighting an amazing event for Roseann coordinated by Ro's dear friend, Dawn. Check it out...pretty great!
Published on Oct 16, 2013
Roseann Sdoia lost her right leg from the second bomb that exploded at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Emily Rooney spoke to her in May, when she was going through physical therapy at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She checked in with Sdoia again six months after the explosions.
Roseann finally got her running leg yesterday!!!! Woohoo!!! Love the cheetah print...run like the wind, Ro!!
Roseann and other survivors and first responders come together for #BostonStrong Reunited. Watch on WCVB Channel 5 TONIGHT Monday Oct 14th 7pm. Here's a preview:
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust
Please watch this amazing video created by some of Roseann's "charming gardeners." :-)
Marathon Bombing Victim Makes Strides Toward Her New Normal:
Roseann Sdoia sits in the lobby of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, her $100,000 right leg stretched straight out from her right hip. The 45-year-old property manager from the North End holds the socket that covers her thigh in both hands, rocking it ever so slightly, back and forth. Sdoia's leg hurts. She had a hard time earlier sliding what remains of her thigh into the pinkish, carbon-fiber cup.
Roseann Sdoia's artificial right leg. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)
"It's a little of a nuisance this morning," Sdoia says. "I had some chips last night and some olives and feta cheese."
Salty snacks? Is that why her leg is swollen? Some days, Sdoia, who stands 5-foot-1, has the opposite problem: her leg is too small for the socket.
She recalls looking down one day to see the artificial limb slowly "turning in."
"And I'm like, eventually my foot is going to be facing backwards if it keeps twisting like that," she says. "Every so often I would have to put a sock on to keep me suspended."
Sdoia carries around prosthetic socks to add or subtract layers, although she hopes she won't need them as much with her new state-of-the-art prosthetic limb. The knee has a gyroscope for surface changes and six sensors that adjust for weight, direction and balance, as well as a microprocessor. Below the knee, rods of high-impact plastic end in an adjustable ankle and a carbon fiber foot. Once Sdoia gets her thigh into the socket, suction holds it tight so she won't put any weight on the amputated end of her thigh.
"You want it to create suction, that's how it stays on," Sdoia explains. "My limb is kind of suspended in the socket. It feels like when you put your ski boot on. I feel like my leg is in a ski boot of sorts."
Sdoia's dress leg. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)
Wiring malfunctioned in Sdoia's first $100,000 leg and she had to send it back. She just got the replacement. So far her insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, is covering all the expenses. Eventually she hopes to have a running leg so she can get back to regular jogs, and a dress leg with a 2-inch heel foam molded to look like her natural calf and a silicon sleeve designed to match the freckles and even veins of her skin. Whatever the limb looks like, Sdoia is thrilled to have it.
"When I first put on the leg and looked down and saw two feet below me, it was an unbelievable feeling, even if it wasn't my real foot."
Now Sdoia has to make the foot and leg work. Just going up and down the 18 stairs to her North End apartment takes a lot out of her. She's fallen at home and is anxious to make sure that doesn't happen when she returns to construction sites for her job as a property manager. The prospect of an icy winter is scary.
"I think if I fall in public it will be more dramatic because I think it will be more of an ego getting bruised than anything else." Sdoia says, laughing at this admission. But she's serious. "I don't want anyone to look at me and say, "˜Oh, that poor girl with one leg just fell.' "
At Spaulding's gym, Arthur Graham, a certified prosthetist, uses a small Allen wrench to shorten Roseann's leg just a touch.
"See what you think with the height and let me know," Graham says as he watches Sdoia take a few test steps. With two even legs, Sdoia is ready for physical therapy.
"There, see, that was a good knee bending," says physical therapist Urvashi Chogle, who moves with Sdoia down a row of step-sized green metal hurdles. But Sdoia is frustrated.
Roseann Sdoia clears a hurdle during physical therapy with Urvashi Chogle at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)
"I don't know why it's hanging like that for so long though," she says of her plastic calf. "Before it would straighten out" from the knee.
The two women are teaching Sdoia's brain to send a new set of automatic stepping instructions to her thigh.
"The problem is with me, the way I'm swinging it, to get the knee to bend," Sdoia says. "I'm not using the right muscles."
Chogle jumps in: "It's difficult to teach the leg what to do. [Sdoia] gets it right sometimes and sometimes she doesn't."
Whisps of blonde hair fall out of Sdoia's ponytail as she pumps the pedals of a bike, tries to stand on a raised foam mat with her eyes closed and tosses a small, heavy ball while walking quickly.
"She needs to multitask when she's walking. [I'm] just challenging her more, not like she doesn't have enough challenges," Chogle says, laughing and glancing up at Sdoia's face.
"OK," Chogle finally says. "That's it."
"Thank God. Take that thing," Sdoia says, tossing Chogle the ball.
On her way back to the front lobby, Sdoia stops four or five times to visit with other bombing patients and the therapists she's become close friends with during her recovery. They catch up on wedding plans, boyfriends and one marathon amputee who is already wearing skinny jeans and walking without a limp.
The survivors and the people who are helping them navigate new lives see each other at Spaulding and at two or three tributes and fundraisers a week.
"I expect it'll be like this through the anniversary and then it will probably die down," Sdoia says. "It's healthy for me to keep talking about it and still work through it."
But tears come as Sdoia lets her mind go back to that day when she lost her leg.
"Sometimes it's hard to think this is forever," she says. "But everybody says it gets easier and I'm sure it will. If we can fast forward to next year, that'd be great."
Sdoia heads home to get ready for two marathon survivor events. Part of her strategy is to stay busy, out in the world, as she gets used to life after April 15.
From Roseann (note AO refers to Roseann's college sorority):
Although it has been just over 5 months, I've slowly been getting things back to my "new" normal. Becoming fully active back on FB has been on my list of things to do but the time had to be right. After last night's fundraiser and seeing all the touching posts I thought no time like the present.
It is hard to list so many from past fund raisers to future ones, I cannot express how truly grateful I am for all of the support and love from family, friends and strangers. That is the shortest way to say it although I would love to list each and everyone. It has been amazing and I can honestly say that I can feel the love from everyone. And to all of the AO sisters, once a sister always a sister...lean on me.....
Much love back to you all.
Roseann and other Boston Marathon survivors were honored guests of "Operation Warrior Wishes" at the Patriots/Jets game Thursday night. Each survivor walked on field with a wounded veteran and they all received a standing ovation. Thank you veterans for all you have done to protect our great country and its people! Please watch..
Roseann is helping to give back to those who were so crucial in saving lives on Marathon Monday. She was an honoree and featured speaker at the "Honoring Our Heroes" event sponsored by Greater Boston Real Estate Industry on 9/11 in Boston. All proceeds from this event benefited the Boston Police Foundation.
Roseann emailed me this photo (photo credit to Megan Lawrence) with this message,
"Finally! Spent the day at Next Step getting castes for the new test socket! New socket should be ready HOPEFULLY early next week.......in dire need!"
Thank you to all who continue to donate and check the page for updates on Roseann. She is doing well and truly appreciates all of you who have not forgotten her and the other survivors' long, arduous journeys. Stay tuned for more photos and updates! Have a wonderful day! Boston StROng!!
Roseann continues to work hard in her recovery journey. She has been quite busy with her physical therapy appointments and supplemental workouts at her gym. Unfortunately, there are always bumps in the road that test her perseverance. Roseann's new X3 prosthetic had a malfunction in its microprocessor, which required service and is now out for repair. Fortunately, she received a "loaner" prosthetic to use while the X3 is being serviced. It's not as advanced a device so it is a bit of a drawback since it cannot be worn to swim or take a shower like the X3. She is still able to do her PT, though, and continues to get stronger. The reality of the need for multiple legs has made itself evident in these past weeks and Roseann is looking forward to re-establishing her therapy with the X3 when it is returned to her.
Apologies for the video of Roseann swimming not loading properly. Let's give it another try :-)
Roseann tries out her new waterproof X3 prosthetic in the pool. Awesome!!!
Roseann is continuing to work with physical therapists to perfect her gait with her prosthetic leg. The sense of independence and joy she feels to be able to move around without the crutches is phenomenal. Thank you ALL for your continued support and many fundraising efforts to help Roseann on her journey!
Roseann escorts her nieces to the Taylor Swift concert in Foxboro MA tonight. Thank you to Above All Transportation and Dunkin Donuts for the gracious gesture of transportation to and from the show and BACK STAGE PASSES!!! Those are three happy teenage girls (and a happy auntie!) Have fun ladies!! WooHoo!!!
Are you on Facebook? LIKE the Roseann Sdoia Recovery and Support page for more frequent updates on Roseann's journey! ...oh and feel free to share with friends! Roseann is inspired by how many people are following her story! :-)
Watching the Sox game? Watch closely and see if you can spot Roseann and her friend, Sabrina, as they grace Fenway! Not too far from home plate on the third base side. Nice seats, Ro! Go Sox!!!
Roseann and Jeff Bauman had a fantastic therapy session together yesterday! Photo credit to Jeff Bauman Support Page
Roseann extends emotional thank you's during a speech at the comedy fundraiser tonight in Dracut. Ron Cardillo, Bill Buckley and their team did a superb job putting this event together. Thank you for supporting Roseann every step of the way!!
COVER GIRL!!! Roseann makes the cover of the latest issue of this "Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine" magazine..looking stROng as a role model Roseann!
"Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal." -Elbert Hubbard
One of Roseann's goals was to make her annual trip to Nantucket for the Fourth of July. Did we ever have any doubt that she would do what needed to be done to get there? NO WAY!!! Congratulations, Roseann on achieving yet another goal on your recovery journey!! We hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July...let freedom ring!!!!
Roseann and Celeste Corcoran at the Amputee Coalition National Conference. The gentleman on the right is Scott Rigsby, founder of the Scott Rigsby Foundation. Scott is a world class athlete and competes in triathalons and Ironman races.
The boys in the middle are from Mikey's Foundation. and are raising a million dollars for the One Fund.
Watch Roseann as she works on walking with her prosthetic at a gait training seminar at the Amputee Coalition National Conference this past weekend in Orlando. You can see the focus and determination on her face. Looking great Ro! Keep it up!
Roseann is at the Amputee Coalition National Conference in Orlando this weekend. She is attending with her doctor from Spaulding and several other Boston Strong Survivors. We wish them loads of fun and inspiration as they gather good information and resources to continue their journey forward!! Pictures to follow!
Roseann and Celeste Corcoran (also a bombing survivor) enjoy a swim together! Celeste's Physical Therapist, Allie, helps out with the swimming "lesson" What a great way to wrap up a day of hard work!!
Roseann continues to accept interview requests with the desire to be an inspiration to people who are dealing with their individual struggles - whatever they may be. Here is Ro with friend, Nicole Claret, at the CNN studios yesterday for a segment on CNN Live. You are the epitome of Boston Strong, Roseann!
The Briggs Clan made a stROng impression last night when they all stopped by in support of Ro's first night back at Spaulding Rehab. They all look fantastic and Roseann stROng in their matching shirts!!
Watch Roseann take her first steps with her new prosthetic in this WCVB piece aired yesterday! Go Roseann!!!!!
Today is the day!!!! Roseann receives her first prosthetic today! She will head back to rehab to be trained on walking with her new leg!! Pictures to follow (and hopefully a little video!) as soon as possible! Have a wonderful day everyone!!
Roseann pays a visit to the 22nd Annual Reading Open tennis tournament to watch Shores Salter compete. Shores' mom, Lorraine, and his Godmother, Kate, are founders and organizers of this tournament and are donating proceeds of the day to the Roseann Sdoia Recovery Fund. "Friends of Reading Tennis" will also be contributing to the fund. Thank you all the participants and a special THANK YOU to the Salter and Kaminer families for your unwavering support!!! Photo l-r Lorraine Salter, Shores Salter, Roseann, Kate Kaminer, Larry Lebatique (tennis professional at Bass River TC-Beverly)
Roseann and her sister, Gia, heading in to the Challenged Athletes Foundation Gala tonight in NYC. Roseann and several other bombing amputee victims were invited as guests to enjoy the evening of inspiration!! You look gorgeous ladies!! Have a wonderful time!
Roseann stands proud!!! Yesterday was a fantastic day as Roseann met with her prosthetics company for the fitting of her first prosthetic leg. Here she is giving it a go to get the feel of the fit. They are working hard to have the leg finished by the end of the week. She can then begin her therapy and training so she can say goodbye to those crutches!!!
"There's no point in negativity. You just have to look forward and do the best you can." Roseann Sdoia, People Magazine June 17, 2013
Roseann is one of several bombing victims featured in the June 17 issue of People Magazine. Roseann continues to share her story with the hope of inspiring others and garnering strength for herself. The issue is on sale now.
Through the support of all of you, we are now halfway to our goal! THANK YOU! Roseann is humbled and blessed to have each of you contribute to her recovery. She is filled with gratitude for the outpouring of love and kindness and wishes all of you much health and happiness. She is getting closer to the day where she will have her first prosthetic and is very anxious to keep moving forward! Please continue to keep Roseann in your thoughts and prayers as her journey continues - she remains BOSTON STRONG!!
"The soul is healed by being with children."
"• Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Roseann visited the children in the after school program at the Nazzaro Center in the North End recently. The children were thrilled to see her and were able to chat and ask questions. Roseann was like a celebrity, with just about every child asking for a photograph with her. The children felt important and appreciated with the visit (and boy ARE they important and appreciated!); and Roseann felt some healing in the soul. Thank you Nazzaro Center for being a constant source of support for Roseann's recovery journey! Much love to you all!
Roseann, and five other amputee victims from the Boston bombings, met with Brian Williams today for an interview. An inspiring discussion about their lives since April 15th - their struggles, their triumphs and how they are moving on - will air on NBC this Friday night at 10pm ESTon Rock Center with Brian Williams. There will also be a partial airing on the Today Show Friday morning. Please watch!!
"Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee."
"” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord Hymn
Thank you to all those who have given their lives for our freedom. Thank you to all the veterans who have given their service to our glorious country and her people. Special thanks to Mike Materia, a veteran and first responder who saved Roseann's life on Marathon Monday. We are forever grateful!!!
"We are made to persist.
that's how we find out who we are."
"• Tobias Wolff
Roseann continues to meet with prosthetics companies to find the one she will work with for her first (and subsequent) prosthetics. The relationship with the prosthetist is important, since there are many fittings, adjustments and a lifetime of prosthetic care and purchases. It is at this point in the journey that some of the financial reality comes to light. This is a very expensive process and Roseann shouldn't be limited on choice because of financial restraints. Thank you, again, to all who have generously donated and shared Roseann's story in hopes of generating more for her fund. This fund will help to give her the freedom to choose whichever prosthetic she desires.
We are soooo very close to being halfway to our goal! Please continue to share this site via social media or email so Roseann can have the financial support she needs to navigate through her recovery journey. Roseann has begun meeting with prosthetics companies to learn about what types of prosthetics will be right for her and her lifestyle. She is currently moving around very well on crutches but is anxious to be fitted with her first prosthetic. It is a long road but with your help, it will be made easier to endure. Roseann is so thankful to everyone who has donated and left kind words of support! You are all wonderful and kind! Have a wonderful day!!
Our thoughts and prayers to all affected in Oklahoma; and our deepest thanks to all the "helpers."
Marathon PT and Sports Medicine showing their support for Roseann.
This afternoon, Roseann and friends attended a Bingo fundraiser hosted by the wonderful people at the Nazzaro Community Center in the North End. In photo from the left, Shores Salter, Nick Verrocchi, Laurie D'Elia, Roseann Matarazzo and Roseann Sdoia. Roseann M., Laurie and Nick did a remarkable job and raised over $8,500 for the Roseann Sdoia Recovery Fund...AMAZING!!! Thank you for opening your arms and embracing Roseann as your own! Dio vi benedica!!
A reminder for those who may be more comfortable donating by check - you may send donations to (and payable to):
Roseann Sdoia Recovery Fund
c/o Enterprise Bank
1168 Lakeview Avenue
Dracut MA 01826
Thank you all so much for your kindness of spirit and financial gifts to support Roseann's healing process!!
Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart's tears can dry at their own pace. ~Vernon Baker
In case you haven't picked up a local paper or seen the Boston TV news coverage, Roseann went HOME yesterday!!!! 29 days after the Marathon bombings, flanked by her good samaritan hero, two first responder heroes and her OT and PT saviors, Roseann stood Boston Strong and gave a press conference Tuesday morning. She was driven home by a friend and given an escort of firetrucks and a ladder truck. To paraphrase Mike, our hero firefighter, 'They brought her there and they were taking her home." No words can describe the emotions of yesterday and its significance. Let the next phase of your journey begin, Roseann. Stay Boston Strong, Roseann Strong, and welcome home!
Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart's tears can dry at their own pace. ~Vernon Baker
In case you haven't picked up a local paper or seen the Boston tv news coverage, Roseann went HOME yesterday!!!! 29 days after the Marathon bombings, flanked by her good samaritan hero, 2 first responder heroes and her OT and PT saviors, Roseann stood Boston Strong and gave a press conference Tuesday morning. She was driven home by a friend and given an escort of firetrucks and a ladder truck. To paraphrase Mike, our hero firefighter, 'They brought her there and they were taking her home." No words can describe the emotions of yesterday. Let the next phase of your journey begin. Stay Boston Strong, Roseann Strong, and welcome home!
Matt Siegel from KISS 108 came by to visit with Roseann yesterday. Roseann has been a fan of Matt's for over twenty years, so it was a thrill for her to to sit and chat with him. They say laughter is the best medicine. If that's the case, then Matty gave Ro a healthy dose yesterday! Thanks for being such a bright light in Roseann's recovery journey, Matt Siegel! You are the best!!!
"Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others." Plato
Please continue to share this site so the good actions of all who have donated or left beautiful messages for Roseann may be witnessed, and hopefully inspire others to contribute to Roseann's recovery. Thank you! Happy Mother's Day!
Q: What's the first thing you think of when you think of a Zamboni?
A: Roseann, of course!!!
Here's a photo of Roseann riding the zamboni in between periods at the Bruins game last night. She must have practiced her waving skills all day because she nailed it!! So wonderful to see her enjoying herself!
Many many thanks to National Development for coordinating the accommodations at Roseann's home! A special thank you to RL Associates, Ghaliani Electric and Bradford Flooring for volunteering their time and all materials required to make Roseann's home ready for her return!!! Roseann is blessed by the kindness of all of you!
Roseann, her mom, and some of her best girls attended the Mayor's Marathon Dinner last evening. Looking good, Ladies!!!
Roseann was out and about yesterday when she returned home for the first time since Marathon Monday. She had her occupational therapy team in tow. The purpose of her outing was to assess her living environment and its feasibility for her homecoming. The good news is that she should be able to return home and not have to worry about moving to a more suitable place. The expected news is that there are several modifications that need to be made in order for Roseann's home to accommodate her new functionality requirements. These accommodations will be possible due to the kindness of those who have made donations on this site. The money raised here is being used to directly support Roseann's needs that have resulted from the bombings and Roseann is humbled and grateful for all of your kindness. Roseann returned from her visit thrilled to have been able to see her kitties and energized at the prospect of "checking out" of her rehab hotel soon! It was a great day! Stay tuned....more great days ahead!
Blue Angus Cafe in Dracut donated 10% of their profits last evening to the Roseann Recovery Fund. That's the way to show hometown support! Thank you Blue Angus for your love and kindness to Roseann and her family and friends!
Blue Angus restaurant in Dracut donated 10% of their profits last evening to the Roseann Recovery Fund. That's the way to show hometown support! Thank you Blue Angus for your love and kindness to Roseann and her family and friends!
Here is the link to Roseann's extraordinary PBS interview that aired last evening. I am in constant awe of Ro's perspective, tenacity and grace. Please watch...
DVR/TIVO ALERT! Roseann will be on PBS this evening with Emily Rooney at 7pm. Please watch or record and see for yourself how strong, courageous and amazing she is!!!
From Megan Lawrence's Facebook post this morning (Megan is a close friend of Roseann and was one of the "girls" at the finish line with Roseann during the explosion. Thankfully, Megan was not injured beyond hearing loss):
"BOSTON MARATHON FUNDRAISING "“ I personally attended the town hall meeting for the One Fund last night. While the fund administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, is a very impressive and accomplished gentlemen, the message delivered loud and clear was "lower your expectations" and "there isn't enough money." Some folks with physical injuries will not be eligible at all and folks with more severe physical injuries will not likely be made whole with One Fund money in terms of the out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages, etc. that they will endure over their lifetime due to their injuries from the marathon.
Given the short attention span of the public and past experience with other funds, Feinberg does not anticipate that the One Fund will grow much greater that its current level of $28MM. That makes the individual fundraising all the more important, so this is once again a friendly reminder to please consider a donation if you have not done so yet to ROSEANN SDOIA at http//www.gofundme.com/roseann"
Roseann continues to shine in her recovery inspiring everyone she meets! Patriots' owner Robert Kraft stopped by for a visit yesterday and was impressed by her resilience and winning attitude - he knows a champion when he sees one!!!
Here's the link to the WCVB piece on Roseann and Shores' reunion.
The search is over...Roseann was able to meet with Shores Salter today. Shores is the amazing college student who whisked Roseann off the sidewalk after the explosion and carried her to the middle of Boylston Street for help. Shores' identity was unknown until a kind stranger forwarded gofundme.com a photo of him helping Roseann. The photo was then distributed on social media and televised. Shores, who desperately wanted to know the fate and identity of the woman he tended to, soon learned of Roseann and realized that she was looking for him, too! Today they were reunited and had the opportunity to talk, ask questions of each other and share some very special time. Firefighter Mike and Boston Police Officer Shana (the other two heroes who took over for Shores to transport Roseann to the hospital) were also there to thank Shores for his courageous action. We are forever grateful to all three of Roseann's heroes! It was a glorious day! Photo: l-r Mike, Shana, Roseann, Shores.
We are inching closer to 50% of our goal! Thank you to all who have donated! Please continue to share this site with friends and co-workers so we can reach 50% by the end of the weekend! Ro is working very hard in therapy and has an incredible attitude about her recovery! We are all so proud of her! Please help take away the worries of the financial implications of the horrible tragedy on Marathon Monday! Have a wonderful Saturday! Be kind!
Roseann had another productive day in therapy and a special visit from some folks from National Development (thanks to Megan for the photo) Enjoy your weekend!
A beautiful day, a beautiful view and two beautiful people! Roseann with her favorite firefighter hero, Mike!
As time moves us further away from April 15th, we begin to fall back into the routine of our every day lives. It is natural for the memory of Marathon Monday to fade from constant thought for those unaffected. I ask you to not forget that over 200 victims, and the dozen or so who have lost limbs are not allowed to go back to their every day lives. Their every day lives have been stolen from them and altered in a way none would ask for.
Roseann continues to do well with all of her therapy and is determined to be a "star" patient and move forward quickly in her physical recovery process. This brings with it the reality of the logistics; prosthetics, housing, transportation, more lost time from work, and more overwhelming details.
The goal of this fund is to alleviate as much financial burden as possible and we are well on the way to doing that! So, to all who have donated - I offer a profound "THANK YOU!" Roseann has offered her deepest thanks and gratitude to all who have gifted to her; whether it be financial or through kind words, thoughts and prayers.
Please continue to share this link via Facebook and Twitter re-posts. Also, please consider an email sharing the link with friends and asking for support for Roseann. No amount is too small and EVERY one of you is appreciated! Have a wonderful day being BOSTON STRONG!!
GRONK!!!! Roseann got a little snuggle from Patriots' Rob Gronkowski today! He and Ro had a great visit with lots of smiles and laughter! Thank you, Gronk, for lifting Ro's spirits today! Can't wait to visit you at training camp! :-) Go Pats!
HERO UPDATE: We believe that the stranger who Roseann has been searching for has been identified. Details will remain withheld out of respect for this person's (and Roseann's) privacy. We will certainly post updates regarding Roseann's hero as soon as (and if) permission is granted by both parties. Thank you to everyone who posted and reposted his photo; thank you to everyone who sent emails with suggestions and ideas on how to locate this person. Once again, human kindness and grace reveals itself in abundance. We are all BOSTON STRONG!!!
PLEASE HELP IDENTIFY THIS HERO! This is the stranger who carried Roseann off the sidewalk and into the middle of Boylston Street after the bombing so she could get help from first responders. He used his belt as a tourniquet and saved Roseann's life. He left the scene without speaking his name and Roseann wants to meet him to say "thank you!" Please repost everywhere so we can find him. Send any info to email@example.com
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher
It seems there is a pattern emerging- a day filled with lots of visitors and excitement in addition to the strenuous physical and occupational therapy takes it toll on Roseann's body. The result happens the day after when exhaustion sets in and her body tells her to slow down...no visitors and lots of sleep. Roseann was very tired today and her body needed to rest. Let us not forget the extreme trauma her body has undergone in just 14 days. PLEASE, if you would like to visit - limit your time and be mindful that Roseann tires very easily. The best thing we can do for her is let her rest and recover! Roseann's spirits are still good and she is as positive as ever - of course - she is Roseann - and Roseann is Boston Strong!
Roseann goes "Hollywood" on us with a visit from actor Kevin Spacey! ...it doesn't seem like Ro's friends minded too much either :-) What a nice surprise for a Sunday afternoon in rehab! Thank you, Kevin, for being so kind!
From Patrick Buckley's (Roseann's brother-in-law) Facebook page today...
"It was an honor to have met the ladies and gentlemen from The Semper Fi Fund and Wiggle Your Toes group. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for your service. USMC Captain Cameron West is one of many who have visited Roseann Sdoia, and with other victims and their families. Our country is very lucky. http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/51640571
Roseann with Deborah Roberts for the 20/20 interview to air tonight at 10pm on ABC
Roseann's sister, Gia, with two of her three girls, Bridget and Jessica at the North End Vigil 4/25.
Boston's North End joined together last night at the Old North Church to show their love and support for Roseann. Friends, family and a community united as one to show they are Boston Strong!! This is a photo of Roseann's mom, Rose, and Boston Police Officer, Shana Cottone. Officer Cottone is another of Roseann's heroes; she was the other first responder who treated Roseann at the scene. Thank you Shana - we love you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!
This photo was sent from Roseann's workplace. Is she loved, or what??!!
Roseann will be sharing her story on Channel 5 tonight and tomorrow morning. She has also done an interview with 20/20, which will air Friday night at 10pm (EST)
Roseann met with a representative from the Friends Bethany Hamilton Foundation yesterday. Roseann was inspired by the visit by Mike Coots, being able to ask questions and get a glimpse into the reality of her recovery and also her great potential for the journey ahead.
From the Friends of Bethany Website:
"Restoring Hope Boston-
Friends of Bethany Hamilton is sending a team out to Boston this week to share hope with those who have lost limbs in the Boston Marathon Bombings. It's not common in our country to have such a large group of traumatic amputees all at the same time, in the same location. It's an incredible opportunity for the Foundation to reach out to these amputees who just had their lives turned upside down.
Our team will consist of Friends of Bethany board members, Mike Coots (Shark attack survivor, lower-leg amputee), Sarah Hill (played by Carrie Underwood in Soul Surfer, compelling speaker, youth mentor), and Tom Hamilton (Father of Bethany Hamilton, compassionate in traumatic situations)."
We thank Mike and the team of Friends of Bethany for the wonderful gifts of hope and inspiration that they have shared with not only Roseann but all the victims they've visited!
This was posted by Firefighter Mike Materia, of BFD Ladder 15. Thank you, Mike, for running "into" the danger and finding Roseann. We love you and Ladder 15, too!!
Today was a great day! Roseann was in very good spirits this morning and a visit from four Boston Red Sox players made it even better!!! She is in the process of being transferred to a rehabilitation facility so she can begin the next chapter of recovery. Roseann asked me to convey her love and thanks to everyone who has reached out in any way. She wants to express her deep gratitude for your donations and outpouring of kindness! Yay for today!
From Gia's Facebook post..."My sister is doing better today but will stay another night in the hospital and go to rehab sometime tomorrow to start working towards getting her life back on track."
PLEASE help us to reach $200,000. by the end of the day!!! Re-post, copy and paste the link and email your address book, get the word out that Roseann needs help!!! Thank you all for your generosity!!! You are all beautiful and I wish you peace today!
I spoke with Roseann's sister, Gia, today. It's wonderful to hear that Roseann was up and around a bit today. They had her moving and it went well. Hopefully, she will be transferred to a rehabilitation center in the next day or so. Fantastic news for her physical progress!! Gia also mentioned, though, that it seems Roseann is beginning to process all that has happened in the past week and the scope in which her life has changed. Roseann was exhausted and in a fair amount of pain today and would prefer to not have any visitors. The best thing for her is rest and for us to respect her wishes by not visiting her until she at least is moved to rehab. My friend is dealing with the most traumatic and unthinkable circumstance of her life; she will have moments of joy and triumph in the days ahead, but we cannot ignore that she will have many, many more days of sadness and grief first - for she is only at the beginning of her long journey. Let us stay positive and focused on supporting Roseann in everything that she needs emotionally, physically and financially. If you haven't done so yet, please donate and/or share this website so we can continue ease Roseann's financial burden :-) Be well!
I visited Roseann yesterday and she is getting stronger each day. Her condition is being downgraded and she hopes to be moved out of ICU today. She has met the firefighter and police officer who were the first responders and treated her on the scene and stayed with her until the medical team at the hospital took over.
The highlight for Roseann and her family yesterday was a visit by President Obama. It was quite uplifting for them all and has strengthened their resolve to all work hard for Roseann's successful recovery!
Roseann's sister, Gia, commented last evening:
"We are overwhelmed with each of the following emotions not in any particular order..... Gratefulness, sadness, pride, joy, overwhelming Wow!!! This tragedy has made me stronger, sadder, tired but most of all thankful for the love and support of family, friends and strangers that have banded together to make this time easier on my family. It is tough to be an adult but in all the years I and my sister have been alive we have amassed a huge amount of supporters that will stand by us thick or thin! We are blessed! Please know if I have not returned a call , email or text.... It is not on purpose please send it again we have just been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support shown to our family!"
Please continue to share this page with everyone so we can keep building Roseann's financial support for her long recovery process. Peace to you today!
I am in the process of setting up a benefit account at Enterprise Bank and would love to be halfway to our goal when I make the first transfer from this incredible site. Please help if you haven't donated yet. No amount is too small. Please spread the word so we can give Roseann some financial assistance to help with her large medical bills, long recovery and absence from work. Thank you all for your kindness in donation and generosity of spirit!
Roseann has undergone what the doctors hope to be her last surgery earlier today. She still has her typical positive, optimistic "Roseann" outlook and is amazing the doctors with her attitude. It is now that the healing and difficult recovery journey can truly begin.
Roseann is in great spirits but is still in the process of multiple surgeries and needs as much support as possible. Please donate and please pass along this link! Thank you!
Please please donate if you can. Every little bit helps! Please re-post and spread this page around so we can really make an impact on Roseann's Recovery. Thank you!