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Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor to Speak on The Power of Perseverance

Rosanne Sdoia Materia

 Roseann Sdoia Materia, who lost one of her legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, will be the featured speaker the Springfield Regional Chamber’s November 6 Rise & Shine Business Breakfast from 7:15- 9 a.m. at Springfield Country Club, 1375 Elm Street, West Springfield.

The breakfast is sponsored by Rise & Shine Business Breakfast series sponsor United Personnel and speaker sponsor Pullman & Comley, LLC

For Roseann Sdioa Materia, April 15, 2013 began much the same way every Patriot’s Day had for the past 15 years. Her plans were always the same— to see the Red Sox play their only morning game of the season at Fenway and then, head over to one of her favorite Boylston Street bars to watch the Marathon with friends. Everything seemed perfect, even the weather was cooperating on that beautiful sunny day.  Then, the unthinkable happened. Two bombs exploded; Materia was just steps from the second blast.

She remembers the flash by her feet and thinking it was too late to run. She remembers feeling that, if she closed her eyes, she might never wake up. And she remembers the selfless kindness of strangers, without whom, she may have lost her life instead of just part of her right leg.

Today Materia is making great strides in changing the lives of others. As a motivational speaker and more recently the author of “Perfect Strangers,” she combines her powerful personal story of perseverance with her professional corporate background to offer lessons learned throughout her challenging comeback journey – lessons anyone can use to discover their own unstoppable strength.

Materia’s mantra, “life is only as positive as you make it,” serves as the foundation for redefining one’s own mindset in achieving every personal and professional goal, and ultimately living a happier, richer and more fulfilling life.

At the breakfast, the Chamber will also recognize these Member Milestones: Kimberly H. Robinson, as new executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and WEIB, 106.3 FM, for its 20th anniversary.

Reservations are $25 in advance for Springfield Regional Chamber members ($30 at the door) and $35 for general admission ($40 at the door). Reservations are suggested and can be made here.