Nanuet woman's story of survival wins award

LOHUD | Michael D'onofrio 

Roxanne Watson of Nanuet is a culinary arts student at Rockland Community College Nov. 28, 2016. She is a heart transplant recipient, and is active in getting people signed up as organ donors.(Photo: Peter Carr/The Journal News)
When Roxanne Watson writes, it has the potential to save lives.

As a heart-transplant recipient, the Nanuet resident is an unflagging evangelist for heart health and organ donation. She has shared her story at schools, businesses and anywhere people will listen in Rockland, and has become a familiar face around the county in the process.

During an interview between her classes at Rockland Community College on Monday — where the energetic 62-year-old is a full-time student studying hospitality management and culinary arts — Watson revealed how she is spreading her message to a larger audience.

A blog about her heart transplant that she had accepted for publication in the spring edition of Heart Insight, the American Heart Association’s digital magazine that focuses on prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and related conditions, won a first place award at the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards, a magazine competition that recognizes excellence. The awards ceremony in October handed out more than 250 awards in 33 categories, according to the company’s website. Continue reading


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