BENEFITING: American Heart Association
ORGANIZER: American Heart Association
EVENT: Little Rock Marathon 2014
I started my running journey back in 2010, shortly before I turned 30. My initial goal was to run the Little Rock Half Marathon. However, in the process of training, I started having health problems (ex- sharp pains, trouble breathing, etc). Through a series of tests, I learned that I had been born with ischemic heart disease (i.e.- a heart abnormality) which was preventing my heart from functioning at full capacity. By the time I learned this fact, my heart was only functioning at 60% and my doctor told me that I was at risk for sudden death at any moment.
In August 2011, I had a quintuple bypass to repair my heart function. Two weeks later, I ended up having to go back to the hospital because I had an allergic reaction to medicine used during the surgery and had developed a blood clot in my lungs.
The goal of running a race (any race at that point) kept me motivated during my rehab and six months after my surgery, I ran the 10K for the Little Rock Marathon. In 2013, I got the chance to complete the goal that I was training for when I got sick and completed the Little Rock Half Marathon.
This year, I am taking it one step further! If God is willing, I will complete 26.2 miles for the Little Rock Full Marathon on March 2, 2014. I am partnering with the American Heart Association to show that life does not end with heart surgery! I was blessed to see another day and I want to encourage all around me to live healthier and happier lives.
I would greatly appreciate your support in helping to raise awareness of the causes and warning signs of heart disease and stroke. No donation is too small and I thank you all in advance for whatever you give.
To read more about my journey, check out the following: