Former Tappan Zee AD Liam Frawley battles back from brain aneurysm
Nancy Haggerty, Rockland/Westchester Journal News
Published 8:00 a.m. ET July 8, 2018 | Updated 6:08 a.m. ET July 9, 2018
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NEW CITY – He wears three rubber bracelets on his left wrist.
“Frawley Strong,” they read.
His left hand is his strong one. The one with which he gestures, eats, holds a pen to slowly print his name.
And frequently grasps the hand of his wife, Janine.
Hand in hand, they tackle each day.
Since he was hired as Tappan Zee’s athletic director in 2005, Liam Frawley, 49, had become a national figure in education circles. He lectured about lifting kids up and stopping bullying. He was finishing his doctorate. There was chatter he’d be Section 1’s next executive director. He was named the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Educator of the Year for 2015.
But Liam Frawley’s world changed on Jan. 25, 2016, when his wife found him collapsed in their home.
Rushed unconscious to Nyack Hospital, he was diagnosed with a massive ruptured brain aneurysm and was transferred to Westchester Medical Center.
Doctors said there wasn’t much hope.
“They thought he wouldn’t make it that day,” she said.
She told her unconscious husband, “I’m not giving up and I know you’re not giving up.”
That attitude has defined their last two and a half years together.
“It’s hard to go from such a busy life to this, but you’ve got to fight for it, right?” Janine asks Liam.
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Frawley, Liam T. [MC1990]
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