In 8th grade, I came home from a school trip to hear that my dad was in the hospital, and that things weren't looking good. This was a day that has stuck with me ever since. I never knew the severity of my dad's heart disease, nor had ever seen him so vulnerable to his health.
Thankfully, I have been extremely fortunate to have my dad for my entire life.
Since that event in 1997, he has gone through many procedures including quadruple bypass open heart surgery, stents, and most recently AFIB and LVAD. In July of 2016, my dad had LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) surgery to help correct his heart which was running at less than 30%; the result of battling this heart disease for over 20 years.
I decided to take up running as an outlet and a way to bolster my health. Running a marathon has been a bucket list item of mine for about the past 10 years and I have finally decided that October 8th, 2017 is the day!
This is not only for my dad, but for my wife and my little man Mason. It has become even more important since I started this process as we just found out that we are expecting another little boy due in December!
In order to get in to the Chicago Marathon, I have decided to raise money for the American Heart Association. This is a way to bring what I've experienced watching my father fight and bring my journey to heart health, full circle!
I would appreciate your support in helping me reach this lifesaving goal by giving a donation today! Thank you in advance for your generosity.