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Roxanne Watson ’87

Alumni Success Story

Roxanne Watson ’87

Roxanne Watson

With a New Heart Comes a New Challenge

As a guest on Oprah’s TV show, heart transplant recipient Roxanne Watson ’87 got the surprise of her life: the family of her formerly anonymous heart donor came on stage to meet her. Her donor, 23-year-old Mike Bovill, was a Coast Guard serviceman who was returning to base on his motorcycle when he was struck by a truck on the George Washington Bridge on July 11, 2010.

Four years earlier, Watson, then 51 and a general retail manager for TJX Corporations AJ Wright Store, suffered a heart attack and was told she would need a transplant. The operation took place July 16, 2010, at Montefiore Medical Center.

”Michael Bovill was a true American hero who served his country proudly and saved five lives,” Watson says. She is determined to encourage more people to sign a donor card, especially among the minority population that statistically needs the most organs.

Watson transferred from RCC to Columbia University but eventually returned to retail, which she loves.


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