Please join me in my efforts to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October in support of the American Stroke & Heart Association. As some of you know, I’ve been training for the last several months in preparation for the marathon and while this will be my first marathon, the race will mean so much more to me.
In January of 2016 my Mom suffered from a very severe hemorrhagic stroke that nearly took her life if it wasn’t for the quick thinking of my youngest brother. Still, the stroke caused severe brain damage leaving her in a coma for several months, unable to verbally communicate, and having very limited “purposeful” movement.
It wasn’t until March of 2016 where she came out of her coma and started to show more purposeful signs of life but not able to speak, or have any movement on the right side of her body. After months in hospitals she was able to come home in the fall. To this day she has made remarkable recovery progress, though, it will take years of intensive therapy to gain back only an undetermined percentage of the ability she once had.
My Mom was 56 years young when she had her stroke, walked daily, and was in overall good health. Her stroke is a constant reminder to enjoy life while you have it, be grateful of your mobility, and to cherish those in your life as she did with everyone she came in contact with.
My story is not unique; there are thousands upon thousands like them and I am thankful every day she remains with us. I am running the Bank of America Chicago marathon to create awareness of Stroke and its horrible aftermath. I am running to raise money for research, treatment, and prevention. Most importantly, I am running on behalf of those who can’t and in honor of my Mom who I know would be there cheering me on given any other circumstance.
I am committed to raising $1,500.00 for the American Stroke & Heart Association and ask that you join me in my efforts by making a donation to the American Stroke & Heart Association. It’s hard to express in words how greatly appreciated any consideration in donating and thank you for any amount given to this cause.
Finally, I leave you with: F.A.S.T. Which stands for Face (Does one side of the face droop?), Arms (Does one arm drift downward), Speech (Is their speech slurred or strange?), Time (If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately). This acronym saved my Mom’s life and one to keep top of mind in the event you ever witness someone experiencing a stroke.