Fr. Bill Atkinson, O.S.A. Humanitarian Award

The Office of Disability Services at Villanova University has established the Father Bill Atkinson, O.S.A. Humanitarian Award to recognize an individual, group, or organization that exemplifies the spirit and service that Father Bill embodied throughout his life.  The annual award, established in 2012 in honor of the late Father Bill Atkinson, is designed to recognize an individual, group, or organization for outstanding service to their community and beyond. 

Tom Rinaldi

Sydney & Celeste Corcoran

2017 Father Bill Atkinson, O.S.A.
Humanitarian Award Recipient

On Thursday, February 23rd, Villanova University’s Office of Disability Services will present the fifth annual Fr. Bill Atkinson, OSA, Humanitarian Award to Sydney & Celeste Corcoran, survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing Attack.

Celeste Corcoran, and her husband Kevin were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, to watch her sister, Carmen, complete the race, but while Carmen was still two-tenths of a mile away, the first bomb detonated. Celeste's legs were so badly damaged that she had to have both of them amputated, and she also had to have surgery for a ruptured right eardrum. Nearby, unbeknownst to Celeste and Kevin, their daughter, Sydney nearly bled to death after shrapnel flew into her right thigh.  Before the Boston Marathon Bombings, the family thought they had experienced the worst accident; Sydney suffered a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage in 2010 after being struck by a car while crossing a street in Hampton, N.H. She pulled through that and then had to fight for her life again, after the Boston Marathon explosions, as well as experiencing post traumatic symptoms.

Celeste and Sydney have fought against all odds to survive and are Corcoran Strong.

Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Villanova Room (Free Event, All are welcome)