BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance
ORGANIZER: National Blood Clot Alliance
1 person will die every 6 minutes in the US due to a blood clot. 274 people in the United States will die every day due to a blood clot.
In 2014, that person could've been me.
That winter, I fell on the ice and broke my leg, requiring surgery to implant a plate and several screws to stabilize the bone. Months into my recovery, the swelling in my calf remained. I kept bringing it up to my doctor, but he never seemed concerned and told me I needed to get more active.
Anyone who knows me knows I was active. I didn't consider myself an athlete, per se, but I was an avid hiker and biker, and had run my first marathon the previous summer.
When I finally pushed myself to my old norms, I realized something was desperately wrong. It was nearly four months after breaking my leg that I found out I had a DVT from my pelvis to my calf. I spent six challenging months on a blood-thinner and then had a follow-up ultrasound that showed the clot was gone but the valves in my leg that help blood return to my heart were damaged.
I haven't let it stop me. There are definite aches and strange feelings in my leg I can't describe to anyone who hasn't experienced them. But I was determined to become myself again so I signed up for and ran the LA Marathon nine months after that diagnosis. That year my husband and I also hiked the 93-mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier. Last year I completed a run-kayak-bike triathlon.
This year, though, it's the mother of all running events, in my mind: The New York City Marathon. I had previously joined a Facebook group for runners who've survived blood clots. I'm in the company of marathoners, ultramarathoners, Ironmen, people who are happy to just be out running a 5k again, and people who were recently diagnosed and scared shitless, just like I was. Through that group, I learned of the National Blood Clot Alliance and Team Stop the Clot NYC. I wanted to be on that team, to represent the NBCA and help raise funds to increase awareness of blood clots and reduce the number of people who suffer and sometimes die from them.
I'm grateful I'm still here to run. And I'm grateful for the opportunity to help others. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for helping a cause that's beyond near and dear to me.
All you Saratoga friends, I hope you make it down to the finish line to say hi on Sunday, November 5!
P.S. Here's more on the National Blood Clot Alliance and Team Stop the Clot, what they do, and who they serve:
- Prevent thrombosis and its complications.
- Reduce death and illness related to thrombosis.
- Assist in establishing guidelines for prevention, treatment, and management of blood clots.
- Promote funding for and establishment of comprehensive thrombophilia programs to allow every patient access to thrombosis specialists within a reasonable distance where patients live.
- Promote and assist scientists with research efforts relating to all aspects of thrombosis and thrombophilia.
- Encourage activities to increase the number of specialists in thrombosis and thrombophilia, such as endowing training fellowships.
- Initiate and promote educational activities for the medical and patient community, and for the public.
- Create a national policy agenda and a grassroots advocacy network.National Blood Clot Alliance wrote -
Team Stop The Clot® -- Six Years Running.
We’re proud of our history, and even more proud of our 39 runners who've crossed the finish line, raised more than $200,000, and brought blood clot awareness to their family and friends throughout the country.
Our Team's goal is to raise funds for our mission of education and awareness. Typically, it's a Team of blood clot survivors or those running to honor a loved one touched by blood clots. As you read their stories you'll learn about their commitment and dedication to raise funds, awareness, train, and run 26.2 miles on an early November day in NYC.
The startling blood clot statistics tell it all:
- 1 person will die every 6 minutes in the US due to a blood clot.
- 274 people in the US will die every day due to a blood clot.
- Between 600,000 - 900,000 new blood clots are diagnosed annually in the US, with 100,000 deaths related to blood clots. The #'s do not include those who survive but live with complications.
- Blood clots kill more people every year than AIDS, breast cancer, and car accidents combined.
Tragically, too many lives are affected by blood clots, and too many lives are lost because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low. Numerous studies have shown that fewer than 1 in 4 people are aware of the signs and symptoms of blood clots.
Blood clots don't discriminate. Regardless of age, race or gender, we are all at risk. No matter how young or physically fit you may be, you can still be affected.
Please donate today to help NBCA save lives. as we continue our mission to advance prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and clot-provoked stroke.