BENEFITING: National Stroke Assn.
ORGANIZER: National Stroke Assn.
I am honored to be running the NYC Half Marathon as a member of the Stroke Challenge team to benefit the National Stroke Association. The National Stroke Association aims to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by spreading free educational information focused on prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.
For example, did you know?
“There are two types of stroke, hemorrhagic and ischemic. Hemorrhagic strokes are less common, in fact only 15 percent of all strokes are hemorrhagic, but they are responsible for about 40 percent of all stroke deaths.”
“Sometimes intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke can be caused by an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). AVM is a genetic condition of abnormal connection between arteries and veins and most often occurs in the brain or spine. If AVM occurs in the brain, vessels can break and bleed into the brain. The cause of AVM is unclear but once diagnosed it can be treated successfully.” For more information visit stroke.org.
This is my first half marathon and it will be a fun and emotional run for me. It will be on March 20, 2016, my 35th birthday.. I hope to finish before they close the course! I chose to run for this organization as it encourages individuals to come back strong. I run because I am blessed to have this emotional and physical strength, balance, coordination, and orientation and I will never take these things for granted. I run because when I feel like quitting I remember that I run for those who can’t. I run for family and friends who stand by and go through similar emotional battles as their loved one. I run for my little one who motivates me to be a better person and see the world through her eyes. I run for the medical professionals and clergy who support those who have had a stroke. In the end, I run for myself because I believe in miracles and I am a better person because of the challenges that I have faced in my life.
Be kind. Be strong. Be silly. Spread love. Believe in god.