BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance
ORGANIZER: National Blood Clot Alliance
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
This year I will run my first marathon to honor the memory of my dear friend, Christina DeSantis, who passed away from a pulmonary embolism just days after her 30th birthday.
Christina was living in New York City when she met the love of her life, Stephan. I had known Christina for over ten years, and I had never seen her so happy; she was radiant. They got engaged and, naturally, her friends planned a bachelorette party to celebrate Christina’s upcoming wedding. We all got together and had a wonderful time, laughing and reminiscing about the old days. That was the last time I saw my dear friend Christina.
Three weeks later I received a message from Christina stating that she was in the hospital in London. Christina and Stephan were together in Europe celebrating her 30th birthday. Christina said she had a blood clot in her lung. I didn’t understand the gravity of the situation. Within two days, Christina had passed.
Christina was a brilliant woman, full of life and light. In the aftermath of this tragedy, I had to do something positive. In an effort to learn more about deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms my research led me to the website for the national blood clot alliance. The website was soliciting applications to run the 2015 New York City Marathon. I knew immediately that running to raise awareness for blood clots through the streets where Christina and Stephan met and fell in love was the best way that I could honor her beautiful life.
Thank you all for your support and for taking the time to read Christina’s story. Please know how much I appreciate any contribution to help the fight against blood clots.
Below is a message from the National Blood Clot Alliance:
Blood clots affect people — people from all walks of life — and no one person is any less important than another. It’s difficult to look at the numbers below, and not think of the individuals — their families, their friends — and not ask oneself, “Could I be at risk for a blood clot?” The answer most certainly is, “Yes, everyone is affected by blood clots.” Blood clots don’t discriminate. They can just as easily affect athletes as well as those less physically fit. They affect men and women; rich and poor – blood clots do not discriminate.
Tragically, too many lives are affected by blood clots, and too many lives are lost because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low. Study after study have shown that fewer than a 1 in 4 people have any recognition of blood clots or their signs and symptoms.
On Average, 274 People Die Every Day from Blood Clots
They can just as easily affect athletes as well as those less physically fit. They affect men and women; rich and poor – blood clots do not discriminate.
Take a look at profiles of people of all walks of life who have been affected. Some of our stories are stories of survival – often against great odds of misdiagnosis or simply being unaware of the signs, symptoms or risk factors. Others are stories told by family members whose relative’s lives could not be saved. All have asked us to share their story in raising awareness of the impact of the public health challenge imposed by blood clots.