Dr. Longo of Bethel Honors Lost Infant With 22 Marathons
On New Years Eve, Dr. Christopher Longo and his wife, Lynne, found out they had lost their baby daughter at only 22 weeks.
The horrible news came at a 22-week ultrasound appointment when they discovered the baby had no heartbeat. How does one cope with such a devastating loss? How do you process the death of your own child? Even though the child, they had already named Angelina, died in utero, it doesn't make it one bit easier.
Dr. Christopher Longo is an Assistant Principal at Schaghticoke Middle School in New Milford, and has vowed to run 22 marathons in honor and memory of he and his wife's baby girl. So far, he's at 3 down with 19 to go.
Longo told Fox 61 News,
We need to build some kind of awareness for stillborn research.
He told the Bethel Patch he has adopted the word "resilience" to help him cope with the death of his daughter, and he also intends to live the word while teaching it to others. A sense of resilience is what helps get you through most of the toughest challenges life throws your way.
Defined, Resilience is
The process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significance sources of stress.
Follow Chris Longo's journey on his way to running 19 more marathons as he honors the memory of his baby girl, Angelina.