NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk’s Bridget Fosina, a 23-year-old graduate of the University of Connecticut and two-time cancer survivor, has been selected by Connecticut Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as its Honored Hero for its Team In Training program.
The Connecticut LLS is based in Wilton. Honored heroes are the personal connection to the mission for Team In Training participants as they race in a variety of endurance events.
“We are excited to have Bridget as the Team In Training Honored Hero for our spring/summer 2014 season”, said Anamarie Francisco, TNT campaign specialist. “She is an inspiration, is enthusiastic, and so full of life.”
At the age of 3 , Frosina was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood that progresses rapidly without treatment. Most children with ALL are cured of their disease after treatment; At age 16, Bridget relapsed and underwent a year-and-a-half of intensive chemotherapy with multiple complications.
Frosina is currently in remission, and participated in the Norwalk Light The Night walk sponsored by the LLS.
Team In Training athletes will race next year in in the New York City Half Marathon, St. Anthony’s Triathlon, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, Hike Yosemite, Fairfield 5K and Half Marathon, Mighty Moss Half Iron, the Bloomin’ Metric, and New York City Triathlon.
“As an Honored Hero my goal is to get to know as many of the Team In Training participants as possible,'' Frosina said. “I believe strongly in the connections people have with each other and believe if everyone takes the time to get to know me as I get to know them that it will better help the cause and together we can all help to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.
Despite her health struggle, Frosina has maintained a positive attitude. “There’s no point in consistently worrying about everything,'' she said. "What will happen will happen anyway. So breathe, look on the bright side, have some laughs, fall in love, accept what you can’t change, and carry on. To actually live is courageous; vivere senza rimipianti -- live without regrets.”
To learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program and the upcoming events go to www.teamintraining.org/ct or call 203-665-1452.