Running and fundraising update!
March 12, 2018
BENEFITING: American Heart Association
EVENT: 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon
EVENT DATE: May 06, 2018
The American Heart Association is a group that is very near and dear to me. During the end of my undergraduate years in Pittsburgh, I had decided that I would finally enter a half-marathon before the end of my 5-year program but that didn't happen as planned.
In early 2014, I began to have strange symptoms that impeded my ability to easily continue my busy and active lifestyle. After months of searching for answers, increased palpitations, "black outs" during activities, and a loss of energy my doctors figured out a big piece of the problem: an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. I had open-heart surgery when I was 21. After complications, some months of requiring portable oxygen, and a couple procedures I was finally able to kick that nasal cannula to the curb. I had incredible doctors and surgeons in Pittsburgh and Nashville that helped me through it also as well as amazing family and friends. I never lost my hope to pursue this goal of mine and I definitely took advantage of any activity I was still able to participate in. With great friends and family I was able to enjoy other things and accomplish non-athletic related goals (AKA I got my master’s degree!!!).
After a couple of years taking a step back to recover, I’ve now re-laced my running shoes. Instead of running this race just for myself, I want to run it for my pap and uncle who have lost the battle with heart complications in addition to strangers who have similar stories. I want to raise money to support this organization which provides funds for life-saving research and improved patient care for individuals affected by heart and vascular conditions including congenital heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. With your help to raise this $500 (or more!) I can run to support this great cause.