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Nat'l Blood Clot Alliance NYC 2017 - Team Stop The Clot®

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Kelli Butenko

THE STORY:

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!


Kel


P.S.  Here's more on the National Blood Clot Alliance and Team Stop the Clot, what they do, and who they serve:


NBCA Objectives

  • 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.

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To This Fundraiser

$2,352

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kittywampus

    $25

  • Marci Williams

    $25

  • Teresa K.

    $50

  • MartinM

    $25

  • Lkbush

    $30

  • Brown Sugar

    $25

  • Darla Fitzpatrick

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Carolyn & Fred Genier

     

  • Jo and Mark

    $50

  • Kelli Butenko

    $30

  • Byron & Claudia

    $50

  • Dave

    $30

  • Denise Marrese

    $50

  • Karen C

    $30

  • Aunt Karen and Uncle Dick

    $100

  • Dwiebe

    $30

  • Brian S

    $25

  • Rhonda Lucas (Finkbeiner)

    $50

  • Carmen and Scott

    $100

  • Tina

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  • Lee and Sue

     

  • Michelle

    $25

  • Adrienna Hines

    $50

  • Sue

    $50

  • Katy Peterson

    $25

  • Betsy Nordell

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  • Julie Robbins

    $25

  • Jeanne MacPherson

    $50

  • Dad and Mom

    $50

  • Jamie Kurtz

    $25

  • Sibyl Govan

    $25

  • Andrea Silverman

    $25

  • Paula Blessinger

    $25

  • Connie Johnson

    $100

  • Carol

    $25

  • Patty Mastin & Bill Ramsay

    $25

  • Claudia & Jerry Davis

    $26.20

  • Lacy, Firefighter Tim & the wee lassies

     

  • Con and LaVonne

    $50

  • Mary I Johnson

    $25

  • Leah Tietz

    $25

  • Melissa Godlewski

    $25

  • Tim and Gigi Bottenfield

    $100

  • Rebecca Brelin

    $100

  • Chris and Jenn Simmons

    $50

  • Donna Torgerson

    $25

  • Emma

    $40

  • Competitive Timing

    $250

  • Rick Alton

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67% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $11,542 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Kelly Adamson

Amount Raised

$3,037

 

122% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sallie Crawford

Amount Raised

$2,925

Fundraiser Title

Evan Brovender

Amount Raised

$2,511

Fundraiser Title

Kelli Butenko

Amount Raised

$2,352

 

67% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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National Blood Clot Alliance

Amount Raised

$450

 

2% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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David Pinsonneault

Amount Raised

$267

 

27% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Rick Alton

Rick Alton

DONATION: $50

Backin' a boss! 3 days ago

Competitive Timing

Competitive Timing

DONATION: $250

We love your level of motivation Kelli! 4 days ago

Emma

Emma

DONATION: $40

Proud of you, Kelli! ♡ 1 week ago

Donna Torgerson

Donna Torgerson

DONATION: $25

Go Kelli! 1 week ago

Chris and Jenn Simmons

Chris and Jenn Simmons

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago

Rebecca Brelin

Rebecca Brelin

DONATION: $100

2 weeks ago

Tim and Gigi Bottenfield

Tim and Gigi Bottenfield

DONATION: $100

Happy Trails! We know you can run this! Our love and prayers! 2 weeks ago

Melissa Godlewski

Melissa Godlewski

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago

Leah Tietz

Leah Tietz

DONATION: $25

Go Kelli! 4 weeks ago

Mary I Johnson

Mary I Johnson

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago