BENEFITING: MENDED HEARTS Chapter 50 of Rochester NY
EVENT DATE: Nov 17, 2013
The heart beats constantly everyday. Without cardiac muscles pumping through the heart chambers into the blood vessels you would not be alive. That's what happened to my Dad. His muscles stopped. He passed away October 2012 of a heart attack. It was sudden and unexpected. He was only 65. I miss talking to him everyday.
I have been stomping and trotting through 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathons. As everyone knows I never stop trying to improve myself, so I added Warrior Dash's and Tough Mudder's to the mix. Now, I face my next challenge on November 17th, 2013. I will be running 26.2 miles in Philadelphia, PA. This will be my first marathon.
I am fundraising for the Mended Hearts Charity in Rochester, NY in my Dad's honor. He always asked, "I know you like running, but why all those crazy miles?" Now, I have a reason: I'm running for you, Dad.
Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization, has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers for more than 50 years. Total membership is over 17,500. Mended Hearts began in 1951 when Dr. Dwight Harken, Chief of Cardio Thoracic Surgery at Brigham Hospital in Boston, saw a need for a support group to help his patients after they had undergone heart surgery. The Greater Rochester Chapter 50 was established in 1966. Mended Hearts brings together patients, spouses, family, and medical professionals to form a network of caring individuals. For more information visit: http://www.mendedheartsrochester.org/