Dad graduates from cardiac rehab next week!
April 01, 2017
BENEFITING: American Heart Association
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
This coming May I will be running my 3rd half marathon (my 2nd in Pittsburgh), but this one means so much more to me because of the opportunity to fight against a disease that has affected my family since before I was born. In 1977, my father (age 10) lost his father (age 51) of a heart attack. Years later, history was ready to repeat itself but this time, I was the 10 year old in jeopardy of losing my father - at the age of 36, my father suffered his first heart attack while at my cousin's high school graduation party. Two days after being released from the hospital, dad had another episode of chest pain and shortness of breathe - he was life flighted for a 2nd time from Latrobe to Presby where they opened up the recently placed stents that had clogged. Fast forward to 2016, dad had been doing well, he was asymptomatic for many years until the chest pains and shortness of breathe on exertion returned. On November 29th, 2016 - dad underwent a cardiac cath and we got news that none of us were expecting - he would need a triple bypass - that same fear that I felt when I was 10 years old quickly returned. On December 5th, dad underwent triple coronary artery bypass graft surgery at Shadyside Hospital. Thankfully, he is now on the road to reocovery, participating in cardiac rehab and living a healthy life-style.
Thanks to the advancement in medicine and science, I still have my father to make new memories with, to learn from, and to hopefully one day walk me down the aisle. Running this years half marathon means so much more than trying to beat a personal record - Please help me in raising funds to support an organization who will hopefully one day save that 10 year old child from having to experience the fear of possibly losing their parent.
American Heart AssociationAmerican Stroke Assocati Greater Pittsburgh Region wrote -
Currently, heart disesases are the #1 killer of Americans and stroke doesn't fall far behind at #5. 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States. What people don't know, is that heart disease is 80% preventable. Physical activity and a healthy diet can help prevent you or your loved ones from suffering from either of these terrible diseases. Join the AHA/ASA marathon team and help us create a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. For every $1 that is raised in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, $3 is allocated back to research and advocacy right here in Southwestern Pennsylvania. There is currently over $13 million invested in research in Pittsburgh - help us get one step closer to ending heart disease and stroke. You can make a difference!