BENEFITING: American Heart Association
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
In March 2011, Ryan Speller, a good friend and music industry buff, was lost to a series of unexpected strokes and subsequent heart failure. He had just turned 24 years old, and it was something that certainly rocked my world and brought me down to reality.
Anyone that knew Ryan can agree that he was such a source of light and inspiration to many. Ryan always knew how to make people laugh and lighten the mood, and lived life with a positive outlook. He was also incredibly resilient and hardworking, and navigated his way up to a career position of respect and prestige at a very young age. This is quite an accomplishment in an industry known for being extremely tough. He will forever be a role model for me.
Running the NY Marathon was something that I talked to Ryan about doing numerous times, and he was always very encouraging. After we lost him, I decided that this was something that I wanted to do one day in his honor.
Two years later, with the blessing of his mother and father, I have partnered with the American Heart Association to help raise money for people like Ryan. I miss him everyday. I will be thinking about him a lot throughout my training and race, and his memory will help get me through the tough parts.
Today, Heart Disease and Stroke are our country’s No. 1 and No. 4 causes of death. Killing nearly one million people every year, while many of these deaths could be easily avoided through better health practices. Your donation to the AHA in Ryan’s name will help prevent, treat, and defeat these diseases through cutting-edge research, health outreach and advocacy programs, lifesaving education, and improved patient care.
It will also help me get my ass in gear!! I may not be completely ready for this 26.2 mile run, and it’s going to hurt like hell, but I’ll get there by Nov 3rd! I'm beyond excited! Your donations would mean the world to me & Ryan’s family, friends, bands, and colleagues.
Much Love, KMI
Along with the above, the AHA have implemented all of these amazing initiatives too: Food labels in grocery stores as a consumer resource, smoke-free airlines, smoke-free restaurants, smoke-free public places and bars, the placement of emergency defibrillators in shopping malls and airports, CPR training programs, heart health children’s educational programs like Jump Rope for Heart!, and really anytime a loved one or friend has heart surgery, receives an artificial valve, or a pace maker, the AHA is there!