— Glenn Marshall (@Glenn_Reports) November 16, 2014
The sky is the limit for Roseann Sdoia, a survivor in the Boston Marathon bombing. She made her official comeback to running on Sunday in Lowell, Massachusetts, with a momentous finish in the Lisa’s Lung Cancer Awareness 5K race with her newly designed right leg. Sdoia told WCVB-TV at the finish line:
“It’s more of a shuffle, I guess – a very short shuffle and a lot of walking, and then a little shuffle and a lot of walking. It’s something that I think I want to get back to, but it’s definitely a love-hate relationship. It’s not easy, and so there is a lot of anxiousness.”
Sdoia has been training since April for the 5K run. She ran alongside Jothy Rosenberg, a friend and fellow amputee victim, for the The Who Says I Can’t Foundation (WSICF).
WSICF is a non-profit organization focused on the restoration of self-esteem for those with disabilities who have been psychologically and physically impacted. Rosenberg founded the Who Says I Can’t Foundation and has asked Sdoia to join him in his efforts.
Together they finished the race in an hour and a half. Rosenberg told New England Cable News, “We fall, we sweat, sometimes we cry, it’s not easy.”
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia joined us today. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story!#BostonStrong pic.twitter.com/LJReJAkTv2 — Dana Hall School (@DanaHallSchool) September 29, 2014
Sdoia showed a huge sign of relief after she put her first race on her new prosthetic running blade behind her. She said, “that was a huge accomplishment. I’m exhausted, it’s achy, but I’m happy I did it.”
Since her procedure, Sdoia has become an advocate for amputees’ rights. She addressed the Amputee Coalition’s national conference in July 2013 and has toured schools telling her story and inspiring young people.
Nothing will stop Roseann Sdoia. Find out how her first race on her prosthetic running blade went!