GENESEO – Athlete Roseann Sdoia, a victim at the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon of 2013, and later a witness at the trial of convicted murderer and bombing conspirator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, delivered an inspiring message of perseverance and positivity to students and staff at SUNY Geneseo in a special appearance in the College Union on Wednesday.
Sdoia, 47, a lifelong resident of Boston, discussed how she persevered after the attack, suffering through multiple amputations to her right leg, and found the will to continue to accomplish her goals and dreams, including completing this year’s Boston Marathon.
“Something had exploded at my feet,” said Sdoia of her experience in the attack. “In my mind, I thought someone had tossed a grenade, but I went down, and it immediately went black […] Little did I realize how profoundly my world was about to change.”
Sdoia says that through the surgeries that first removed shrapnel from her abdomen and a piece of a tree from her left leg, and then removed her right leg, she at one point made the decision to accept what had happened and turn her experience into positive energy.
“Three amputations later, I made a positive situation out of it,” said Sdoia. “There was nothing I could do. I made a choice to be positive about it, and in my mind decided that I was going to accept my situation without hesitation.”
Sdoia has a GoFundMe donation page set up to aid in her recovery.
PHOTO CAPTION: Top – Sdoia in the SUNY Geneseo College Union speaking to students and faculty. (Photo/Sean Russell). Inset – Sdoia runs down Boylston Street to cross the finish line on Monday. (Photo/Facebook)