Help me reach my goal of $3,500!
June 27, 2016
BENEFITING: National Stroke Assn.
ORGANIZER: National Stroke Assn.
In August of 2015, my Father was back at the office after a summer vacation when he suddenly collapsed at work. He was first rushed to a nearby hospital with high blood pressure. It was only 24 hours later when his condition was worsening and an MRI indicated that he indeed suffered a stroke. This is the man who has never missed a soccer practice, track meet, or weekend skiing my entire life!
Anyone who knows my Dad knows he is unable to sit still. Without fail, I know that the car would have a full tank of gas and that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee would be waiting on the counter when I came home on the weekends. Whether it was a last minute trip to Vermont, a drive back into the City, or simply a bike ride after dinner, he always seems to be willing to do anything for his three kids. All of these thoughts crossed my mind as we waited for my Dad to slowly recover after his stroke. Would he recognize us and be able to communicate? Will he be himself when he wakes up?
I hope that participating in this marathon and running on behalf of the National Stroke Association can show my family’s appreciation for all those that helped my Dad in his recovery, as well as spread awareness about the severity of strokes. The National Stroke Association provides stroke education and programs to stroke survivors and caregivers. As the 5th leading cause of death in the US, we should all recognize signs and symptoms of stroke. A HUGE thank you to the incredible neurosurgeons and ICU nurses at JFK Stroke Center that supported my Dad every step of the way. My family is eternally thankful.
Additional Thanks: My Mother who managed to remain patient and positive throughout this entire experience. She has been assisting Dad every step of the way. From wife to friend to caregiver, I am not sure what role you have not played over the last 35 years of your marriage!
To the rest of my family and friends: THANK YOU! Thanks to the Farina, Bonfiglio, Puricelli, and Greco families for keeping Mom, Eddie, Richie, and I sane throughout this entire experience. Aunt Carol – thanks for being my personal chauffer for several weeks. Huge thanks to all of our family friends who managed to keep a continuous stock of food in the fridge and keep our spirits up. We are grateful for all of the prayers and well wishes from near and far.