Finding path through tragedy

Katje Afonseca is the youngest executive director in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State's 50-year history, which has been marked with creating supportive mentoring relationships with hundreds of Rhode Island children each year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Katje Afonseca is the youngest executive director in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State's 50-year history, which has been marked with creating supportive mentoring relationships with hundreds of Rhode Island children each year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
When I was 12 years old, my 16-year-old sister died in a car accident. Losing my sister was unequivocally devastating. The tragedy's full impact took many years to be felt, but it has shaped me into exactly who I am today. I live my life in honor of my sister, and that includes what I…

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