After taking a day to absorb the last couple of years, the last few months and most certainly this past Wednesday, I want to say thank you to all that have been so supportive since 4/15/13, near & far, family, friend or complete stranger. No matter the form of support, the love was truly felt and words cannot express the deep gratitude. I also want to acknowledge and thank Judge O'Toole, the entire FBI and prosecution teams, the jury who gave up so much of their lives for us and of course all of the survivors and other witnesses that took the stand to relive the very horrific day along with those who gave impact statements. Lastly, thank you to all those who have been close by my side dealing with the good, the bad and the ugly of this situation. I would not be where I am today without you....you know who you are....
I look forward to hearing less about this and more about the good of others giving back. Boston has been through so much between the bombing and then the Beacon Street Fire that I hope as each year passes we won't forget the brave but remember the unbelievable strength of good and that it continues to grow stronger each year. Peace.....and adios Tsarnaev.........
Roseann and Heather Abbott joined together yesterday to pedal their way to the finish of the BAA 5K on their hand bikes. Thank you Semper Fi/America's Fund for donating the hand bikes to Roseann and Heather! Great job, Ladies!! Keep on inspiring!!! #bostonstrong (Apologies for not posting photos but there is a problem uploading them to this site.)
Shores C. Salter, a NorthEastern University student, lifted and carried Roseann after the 2nd explosion because she couldn't get up. He carried her to Boylston Street where he assisted in responding to her substantial injuries until Firefighter Mike Materia and BPD Shana Cottone took over. Shores was instrumental in saving Roseann's life on 4/15/13. They have been bound in friendship and embraced each other as family ever since. Last evening, Shores was awarded the first-ever Shores C. Salter Award for Outstanding Citizenship from NorthEastern University. Roseann gave a poignant account of how she and Shores came to be forever linked, and then presented Shores with his award. It was a beautiful evening and we feel honored to have shared it with family and friends. Congratulations, Shores, on this well-deserved award!
Thank you to JetBlue and the Red Sox for flying Roseann and other survivors to Ft. Myers for the day to watch the Red Sox play. They also treated them to dinner before being flown home this evening. Those are two organizations that know how to use their product to do good!!
"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love" - Hubert H. Humphrey
Thank you to all who have contributed to Roseann's recovery via monetary contributions or the offering of well wishes and prayers. Please continue to keep Roseann and all the survivors of the 2013 marathon in your thoughts and prayers as they move through the trial and confront the man who forever changed their lives.
DVR ALERT~ Roseann is currently taping an interview with Emily Rooney to air tonight at 7pm on PBS Boston. Emily has been having her favorite guests on recently and she asked Roseann to meet with her again for a follow up. Please watch and tell your friends!!!
Roseann has launched her site www.robostrong.com with the intent of sharing her story to bring inspiration and motivation to others. She recently spoke at the Dana Hall School outside of Boston and is pictured here with some of the students after her talk.
Roseann Sdoia was severely injured as a spectator at the Boston Marathon on 4/15/13. Roseann suffered serious injuries as a result of the explosions and has lost a leg above the knee. She has undergone several surgeries; first, to stabilize her and perform life saving measures and also to remove shrapnel from her abdomen. Surgery was required to remove a portion of a tree that became a projectile and seriously wounded her left leg. And most traumatic, the amputation of her right leg and burns covering portions of her body. It will be a long journey of recovery, both physically and emotionally but Roseann is a fighter. She has an infectious personality and loves Boston with all her heart. She is a true Bostonian, living in the city and being one of the most loyal sports fans I know! She went to the Red Sox game with some friends and then walked over the the finish line after the game - as she has done consistently for years past. This year was different, though, as we all know it ended in two horrific explosions with three dead and many seriously injured. I went to high school and college with Roseann. We were also sorority sisters together; so we have been friends for over 30 years! Please help shine the light of kindness, strength and support on Roseann by making a donation of any amount if you can. We love Ro and want her to know that we are all here for her - whether we are friends, family or strangers. Please feel free to donate in the memory of a loved one whose name will help inspire Roseann through her treatment and recovery. Please keep all the victims in your prayers. The gifts donated to Roseann on this site will be transferred to Enterprise Bank for Roseann to use for all expenses incurred due to this tragic event. If you prefer to send a check, please make checks payable to: Roseann Sdoia Recovery Fund c/o Enterprise Bank 1168 Lakeview Ave Dracut MA 01826