Please join me in my efforts to support the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association in honor of my dad, Mike (affectionately now known as Mike 2.0).
I will be running every step of the Chicago Marathon for Mike 2.0.
As many of you know, my dad suffered a life threatening stroke on April 20, 2016. On that day, and months following, our family went through something that is near to impossible to express in words. The emotions we felt, the decisions we had to make and the strength we developed have shaped who we are today. We are lucky enough today that my dad is still here with us, in an ever more empathic and endearing way. Despite his physical body being here, his laugh still warm and his hugs still strong, we lost a piece of our family to a hemmoraghic stroke.
The strength and resilence that my dad showed throughout his entire recovery is downright inspirational. Mike never gave up. He worked hard day in, day out. He was focused and determined through his endless hours of therapy. He had to learn to walk, eat and speak again. The most simple tasks were near impossible for him but he never gave up. Dad, I know you are going to read this, and I am so proud of you for working so hard to get to where you are today.
I am running the Chicago Marathon for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to help fund research and provide treatment to those impacted by stroke. In the United States, someone dies every 4 minutes from having a stroke. I am running with the hope that one day, we can spare other families from the pain that comes with a loved one experiencing a life changing stroke. I am running for those who no longer can run. I am running for my own health, my passion for others & for my dad.
I am committed to raising $1500 for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. I know that with your support, I will be able to raise well above my goal and I will be able to cross that finish line on October 7th.