BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance
This year, November 20th, 2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of our father's passing --my siblings and I are running the Berkeley Half Marathon together to celebrate the gifts of life, love and wellness. We are tremendously grateful for the work that the National Blood Clot Alliance does and their mission of raising awareness and preventing deadly blood clots. It helps families and individual recognize the signs and take precautions against potential risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.
November 20th holds such an inexplicably special place in our hearts. Our lives were forever changed on that day. Our dad had been recovering in the hospital for 13 days following open-heart surgery. After a pretty rocky recovery, the doctors delivered us great news, he was well enough to come home and spend Thanksgiving with the family! We were all thrilled and hugely relieved as we thought the rough part was over-- that we were out of the woods. We had no idea that our father was at risk of developing a blood clot and that it would ultimately take his precious life away from us.
Now, 10 years later, we are running to raise awareness for the silent killer that altered our lives forever. So many families can be spared the heartache we've endured if they know to look for the signs and symptoms. With the support of Team Stop The Clot®, we hope to add meaning to the legacy our father left us as we run to celebrate his life. Please consider making a donation to our page in memory of our father and to help the National Blood Clot Alliance continue their life saving mission.
Jesse wrote --
"Blood has played a vital role in all my life. Born with a rare blood disorder, I've received numerous blood transfusions. And through that time, family is what has helped keep me together. My sisters and I have a unique bond in that they helped facilitate my care at a young age. This is also the reason why when my father passed at the age of 65 from a PE, we stood together."
Jeri Lynn wrote --
"For the first 25 years of my life - I was able to have a front row seat to watch my Dad, Edgardo Kempis Marimat --live a life filled with love, laughter and humility. Little things like being 4 years old, with my tiny hand clasped in his--he would tell me that it was the most simple way of saying "I love you." Looking back, I realize what a rare gift that was to have a Father who shared love so freely. I am forever grateful."