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Eric O'Connor's Fundraiser:

Team Stop The Clot NYC Marathon 2013

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BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance

ORGANIZER: National Blood Clot Alliance

EVENT: 2013 ING New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013

Eric O'Connor

THE STORY:

A Little History

For those who have asked why I run as much as I do or have even called me crazy: In 2011, I had DVTs in my leg and Pulmonary emboli (PE) in my lungs. DVT and PE = Blood Clots. I could barely walk around the hospital floor in the picture above. 100,000 people die in the US each year as a result of DVT/PE. Or, to look at it on a smaller scale 1 in 3. This easily could have been me.

The emotional and physical pain and fatigue I have felt running marathons is not in the same realm as what I experienced after blood clots. It has been a long 20 months but I have battled back. I'm a lot slower than I used to be but I can run again!

So why do I run?

Running is a constant reminder that I can go past previous barriers and push on. I also run to show people that you may be stuck in a terrible place in your life but you can make it through.

This year, I run to raise awareness and funds for the National Blood Clot alliance. If I can help one person beat life threatening blood clots I will. I hope you will help me too.

Races in 2013

  • Ice Age Trail Run, 50 miles, May 11 (completed in 11 hours)
  • Chicago Marathon, October 13
  • New York Marathon, November 3
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  2. Someone find me a bib for the Naperville, IL Marathon and I'll run it too, Nov 10
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A favorite quote:
"The toughest race isn't a distance....True toughness comes from overcoming personal limits. It's fighting against the internal dialogue in your head that stems from your body wanting to slow you down. It's overcoming the feedback signals from your muscles that say they're flooding with acid, or that your fuel stores are running dangerously low. How each runner experiences these sensations of fatigue is completely individual. No one else knows exactly what you're feeling and at what point you might give in to the pain.

Toughness is knowing when you've gone past previous barriers and tangled just an instant longer with your brain as it tries to shut you down. Only you know how tough you are, and any distance can test you." -By Steve Magness

$4,056

MONEY RAISED
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  • Eric O'Connor

    $250

  • Heather Pierucki

    $50

  • Jenny Bigelow

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Eric

    $50

  • Dean Media Group

    $500

  • Phil Panetta

    $150

  • Kate, Ted, James and Owen McNabb

    $395

  • C.J. Schrunk

    $50

  • Alexis Rollins Dunton

    $295

  • Corinne, Brian, Bryce Sayers

    $395

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Bellini Family

    $50

  • The Diericx family

    $100

  • The Blanchard Family

    $50

  • The Snyder Family

    $400

  • The Peterson Family

    $75

  • The Peterson Family

    $325

  • The Fallon Family

    $25

  • Amy Pollitz

    $300

  • Barbara L Kornblau

    $36

  • Alan Brownstein

    $50

  • O'Connor Family

    $200

  • Andy Drish

    $100

  • Judi Kaplan Elkin

    $35

  • Joe Isaacs

    $25

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162% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $39,881 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Karen Khodadadi

Amount Raised

$6,359

 

182% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Margaret Nicholson

Amount Raised

$5,710

 

228% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Emily Burns Sally Vitez

Amount Raised

$4,795

 

80% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Crystal Gordon

Amount Raised

$4,750

 

95% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Eric O'Connor

Amount Raised

$4,056

 

162% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Roland "The Clot Buster" Varga

Amount Raised

$3,047

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David Pietrangelo

Amount Raised

$2,726

 

91% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Susan Graham

Amount Raised

$2,700

 

108% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Joe Isaacs

Joe Isaacs

DONATION: $25

Thanks so much for all you do on behalf of NBCA, including persevering through migraines to finish marathons. It was great to finally meet you in person Eric. You da man! 4 years ago

Judi Kaplan Elkin

Judi Kaplan Elkin

DONATION: $35

Go Eric.! 4 years ago

Andy Drish

Andy Drish

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

O'Connor Family

O'Connor Family

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Alan Brownstein

Alan Brownstein

DONATION: $50

Good luck Eric in 26.2 and stopping clots! 4 years ago

Barbara L Kornblau

Barbara L Kornblau

DONATION: $36

All of the teenagers and children who have died of blood clots 4 years ago

Amy Pollitz

Amy Pollitz

DONATION: $300

In honor of Mike Pollitz and to all those who have fought or fighting to stop the clot! 4 years ago

The Fallon Family

The Fallon Family

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

The Peterson Family

The Peterson Family

DONATION: $325

4 years ago

The Peterson Family

The Peterson Family

DONATION: $75

4 years ago