BENEFITING: American Heart Association
EVENT: 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon
EVENT DATE: May 06, 2018
Hi everyone! Running has always had a special place in my heart. However, two years ago, I ran my first 10K in London, England to support the British Heart Foundation during my study abroad experience and my entire outlook on running changed. That race turned out to be one of the most memorable moments during my time in Europe because of the unforgettable energy and excitement among the participates not only to run but to also give back to a charity that has done so much for those in need. Now, that I'm back in the States I want to something even bigger than before. So this year I have decided to run the UPMC Pittsburgh Half-Marathon for the American Heart Association. I chose to run for the American Heart Association in particular because I have an older brother who was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Regurgitation when he was just 10-years-old, which means that his aortic valve leaks. Since my brother was diagnosed, he has had annual visits with his heart doctor to monitor his condition to ensure his condition does not change or worsen. My brother is 27-years-old now and this condition is something he will undoubtedly have to deal with for the rest of his life. For this reason, in addition to running my first ever half-marathon, I have made it my goal to raise $500 over the next month for the American Heart Association in order to support the thousands of Americans who suffer from all the various cardiovascular conditions, including heart patients like my brother, and all the families who have lost loved ones from a heart disease. Your donation would me the world to me and to those in need of your continued love & support! Please join me in giving back to this extraordinary cause!