In February of this year, Amanda's father, Tom Welch, suffered a stroke. He lost his ability to speak, walk and the mobility in his right arm. Nearly four months later he is able to walk without assistance, communicate freely and that right arm's mobility is coming back! None of this would have been possible had his wife, Patty, and son, Devin, not acted so quickly. At the first signs of stroke, they called 911 and got Tom the help he needed. He received the "clot buster" medication at the right time! Tom is extremely fortunate in this sense, as many stroke victims do not receive treatment in time to prevent serious, lasting effects.
Let's help Tedy's Team get the word out about stroke symptoms as time lost is brain lost!
Stroke Warning Signs:
Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts!
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone around you experiences symptoms!
Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke in February 2005 at the age of 31, just weeks after winning his third Super Bowl and days after returning from playing in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. As he recovered, Tedy committed himself to being an advocate, spokesperson, and inspiration for stroke survivors in our area.
Tedy asked the American Stroke Association to work with him to create “Tedy’s Team,” a group of runners raising money for the American Stroke Association and training to complete the Boston Marathon® and the Falmouth Road Race. Their participation supports Tedy Bruschi’s fight against stroke and honors both the survivors and the loved ones lost to America’s No. 5 leading cause of death.
In addition to the dollars being raised, an equally important issue for Tedy's Team is the increase in awareness of stroke and recognition of its warning signs. Tedy’s Team is striving to reach as many people as possible in its message of recognizing the warning signs and acting appropriate when seeing them -- calling 9-1-1 immediately.
Thank you for supporting Tedy's Team and the American Heart Association. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.