Event Date: March 6, 2016
Clarence Fire Hall
10355 Main St.
In Memory of Paul Englert, Jr.-FOREVER YOUNG
March is Blood Clot Awareness month, the perfect time for a fundraiser in memory of our beloved son and only child, Paul Englert, Jr. The National Blood Clot Alliance Forever Young Fundraiser is being held Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the Clarence Fire Hall, Clarence, NY, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Please join us in our efforts to educate others about the prevention, risk factors and symptoms of blood clots.
This year Paul Englert, Jr., should be celebrating his 22nd birthday and preparing to finish his senior year of college in May at the University at Buffalo with a degree in Civil Engineering. Instead, we are celebrating his short life and bringing awareness to others about blood clots. We wish we would have known the symptoms of blood clots. We wish we would have known it can affect anyone, at any age at any time.
Sadly, Paul, Jr., was not one of the lucky ones. He did not survive his blood clots. He passed away on September 19, 2013, at the age of 19 from a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in his lung). Unfortunately, Paul did not exhibit many symptoms. The only symptom Paul presented with was shortness of breath, and therefore, he was believed to have developed exercise-induced asthma. He was the picture of health. Paul was a very active, healthy 19 year old who never had asthma. He played many sports throughout his life and was working out at the gym several times a week with his friends. It was September and allergy season was in full force so it made sense that Paul would have some trouble breathing when he exerted himself. After all, I also have seasonal allergies and need to use my inhaler when I exercise in the summer.
It appeared suddenly out of nowhere at the end of August 2013. I remember the first time I noticed a difference in Paul. He had just walked down the stairs in our house and sat on the couch next to his grandmother who was visiting from out of town. I heard him breathing heavily and asked him what he had just done……it sounded like he ran a marathon. He laughed and said, “I know, I just came down the stairs.” Paul never, not one time, complained about having trouble breathing. His father and I continued to notice the problem and sent him to see his doctor. It made perfect sense when he came home with an inhaler, which he used for a week and I noticed no improvement so he returned to the doctor for another appointment. I had hoped he would be prescribed a steroid because that seemed to make sense given the continued shortness of breath and continuing allergy season. I am not a doctor, but that was my motherly instinct. Apparently the doctor agreed because that is what he prescribed for Paul. However, the very next day, Paul left for classes and never came home (he commuted to the University at Buffalo). He collapsed while at school that day and died instantly.
We never got to say goodbye.
We miss his contagious smile and his hearty laugh. “Paul was always laughing and smiling. He was such a happy, big-hearted, all-around good guy who was great at giving advice,” said many of his friends. “He had your back” and he had the ability to cheer them up without even knowing they were having a bad day. He was described by one of his bosses as being an “old soul.”
It is not common practice to test for blood clots in an otherwise healthy, fit, young man. Ironically, Paul’s godmother, only 3 months later suffered from blood clots due to birth control pills she had been taking for a period of time. If we hadn’t just lost Paul and knew the symptoms (not because Paul had them, but because we researched them after we lost him) we could have lost her as well. We continue to hear, “it’s rare or uncommon” for an individual like Paul who is active, healthy and has no known risk factors to develop a pulmonary embolism and die. Take a look at the National Blood Clot Alliance website (www.stoptheclot.org). Scan through the patient stories and you will see there are MANY young children/adults that have developed blood clots. There seems to be more stories on the news of younger people developing blood clots.
It has become our goal to educate others about the risks and symptoms of blood clots with the hope of saving other lives.
Once every six minutes someone dies from a blood clot. They can be treated if diagnosed. Unfortunately, sometimes the first symptom can be death.
Please consider making a contribution or purchasing a ticket to attend our fundraiser March 6. All donations go directly to the National Blood Clot Alliance, a 501(c)(3), non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and clot-provoked stroke. Please take a moment and go to their website stoptheclot.org for more information.
Tickets for the fundraiser will be $20 each which includes pizza and beverage (kids 12 and under are free). We will have a Chinese auction, premier raffles, 50/50, face painting and more!
With much appreciation,
Paul & Denise Englert