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Keesa Smith's Fundraiser:

American Heart Association

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Keesa Smith

THE STORY:

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I started my running journey back in 2010, shortly before I turned 30. My initial goal was to run the Little Rock Half Marathon. However, in the process of training, I started having health problems (ex- sharp pains, trouble breathing, etc). Through a series of tests, I learned that I had been born with ischemic heart disease (i.e.- a heart abnormality) which was preventing my heart from functioning at full capacity. By the time I learned this fact, my heart was only functioning at 60% and my doctor told me that I was at risk for sudden death at any moment.

In August 2011, I had a quintuple bypass to repair my heart function. Two weeks later, I ended up having to go back to the hospital because I had an allergic reaction to medicine used during the surgery and had developed a blood clot in my lungs.

The goal of running a race (any race at that point) kept me motivated during my rehab and six months after my surgery, I ran the 10K for the Little Rock Marathon. In 2013, I got the chance to complete the goal that I was training for when I got sick and completed the Little Rock Half Marathon.

This year, I am taking it one step further! If God is willing, I will complete 26.2 miles for the Little Rock Full Marathon on March 2, 2014. I am partnering with the American Heart Association to show that life does not end with heart surgery! I was blessed to see another day and I want to encourage all around me to live healthier and happier lives.

I would greatly appreciate your support in helping to raise awareness of the causes and warning signs of heart disease and stroke. No donation is too small and I thank you all in advance for whatever you give. 

 

To read more about my journey, check out the following:

http://www.aymag.com/February-2014/Health-Alternate-Routes/

bit.ly/1eocEwO

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To This Fundraiser

$784

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Cuzzo

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $29

  • Tam West

    $50

  • M. West

    $50

  • Mom andDad

    $50

  • Shayla A.

    $30

  • Jeremy & Katrina Owoh

    $20

  • MG

    $20

  • Jerald and Kimberly Gardner

    $25

  • Henry

    $50

  • Jean Fluker

    $25

  • Ayoka Gay

    $50

  • mike m

    $100

  • Gwen

    $10

  • John

    $100

  • Janie

    $40

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131% Raised of $600 Goal

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The Team: $929 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Keesa Smith

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Michael Beaver

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Donor Comments

Janie

Janie

DONATION: $40

5 years ago

John

John

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Gwen

Gwen

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

mike m

mike m

DONATION: $100

Rooting on the Pork Rind Queen 5 years ago

Ayoka Gay

Ayoka Gay

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Jean Fluker

Jean Fluker

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Henry

Henry

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Jerald and Kimberly Gardner

Jerald and Kimberly Gardner

DONATION: $25

You are one Black girl that ROCKS! So proud of you! 5 years ago

MG

MG

DONATION: $20

You're a star! 5 years ago

Jeremy & Katrina Owoh

Jeremy & Katrina Owoh

DONATION: $20

Keesa, you are such an inspiration. We are praying for you and will be cheering you on (I will be running 1/2 your miles)! 5 years ago