BENEFITING: American Heart Association
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
This year as I registered for the half marathon, I wanted to get back into it, but to me, having a goal and a driving reason makes it all the more worthwhile. This was brought up as a charity cause through the Young Professionals association I belong to at work. When the AHA was mentioned as the charity of choice, I immediately hopped on due to my close personal connection to the effects heart disease can have.
I lost my father, Erich Woisetschlaeger, in 2014 due to heart related complications after a bike crash, his heart having been weakened 11 years earlier by a heart attack. He did not let this slow him down as he would ride his bike for hundreds of miles every week As a thank you to the research that had allowed his survival and recovery, Dad made the AHA his charity of choice and I find it very fitting to carry on that legacy.
I was also blessed to be able to have the first 12 years of my life with my grandfather after he had a pacemaker put in right around the time of my birth. He asked for this surgery to give him 1 year with me and that was returned twelve fold, and I cannot be more thankful to all the early research that was done on heart disease that allowed me to form the memories that I have of spending time with him.
Heart diseases and Stroke are the #1 & #5 killers of all Americans.
Last year in the city of Pittsburgh, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association funded 37 research grants for over 8.5 million dollars. For every $1 raised in the city of Pittsburgh, $3 comes back to the area in the form of funding.