Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting my personal fundraising page. I'm so excited to be raising money for the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) as I prepare to run the 2020 Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2020. This will be my first marathon!
A little about me: I'm a student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in the dual-degree MD/PhD program. I've spent the last four years doing full-time research for my PhD in Neuroscience, where I have been studying inflammation in the brain that occurs after a particularly devastating form of stroke called a subarachnoid hemorrhage. This type of stroke occurs from trauma or when an aneurysm in the brain ruptures. Unlike other forms of stroke, it happens to adults in their 30s-50s, has a high mortality rate, and for survivors can significantly impact their quality of life. With my research, I hope to identify novel immunotherapies for the treatment of stroke and brain hemorrhage that can protect the brain following these devastating injuries. I'm also involved in a project looking at why patients with this form of stroke are also more likely to develop heart complications, investigating the connection between the brain and the heart.
I started running a few years ago, but this will be my biggest race yet and something I never thought I could do!
I've been fortunate enough through my research to have been a member of AHA/ASA for several years. As such, it would be my honor to help raise money for this outstanding organization to continue driving research in stroke and heart disease and ultimately help patients in need.
Please consider helping me on my personal fitness journey and to help raise money for the AHA/ASA to help current and future patients!