BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance
ORGANIZER: National Blood Clot Alliance
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
National Blood Clot Alliance wrote -
Blood clots affect people — people from all walks of life — and no one person is any less important than another. It’s difficult to look at the numbers below, and not think of the individuals — their families, their friends — and not ask oneself, “Could I be at risk for a blood clot?” The answer most certainly is, “Yes, everyone is affected by blood clots.” Blood clots don’t discriminate. They can just as easily affect athletes as well as those less physically fit. They affect men and women; rich and poor – blood clots do not discriminate.
Tragically, too many lives are affected by blood clots, and too many lives are lost because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low. Study after study have shown that fewer than a 1 in 4 people have any recognition of blood clots or their signs and symptoms.
On Average, 274 People Die Every Day from Blood Clots
They can just as easily affect athletes as well as those less physically fit. They affect men and women; rich and poor – blood clots do not discriminate.
Take a look at profiles of people of all walks of life who have been affected. Some of our stories are stories of survival – often against great odds of misdiagnosis or simply being unaware of the signs, symptoms or risk factors. Others are stories told by family members whose relative’s lives could not be saved. All have asked us to share their story in raising awareness of the impact of the public health challenge imposed by blood clots.
I will be running The 2015 NYC Marathon to raise funds for Stop the Clot. Last summer, my daughter, Samantha and I were on vacation to visit family in the Czech Republic. One week into our journey Samantha began to experience breathing difficulties. We went to the ER and were told that her lungs were clear. We were scheduled to fly home several days later. Sam rested for the next couple of days and took the antibiotic which was prescribed for her coughing symptoms. Her condition remained stable. On the day before our departure I asked a family member if we could go to a pharmacy to replace Samanthas inhaler that had broken. The phamacy said that they could not give Samantha a new inhaler without a precription. They suggested she see the lung specialist in the building next door. Within an hour Samantha was diagnosed with Pulmonary embolisms in both of her lungs. She was placed in intensive care and given life saving treatments. We were told that these treatments were only used on critical patients and could be fatal. Samantha survived those treatments. She was transferred to another hospital for additional treatments in intensive care. She remained in the hospital for seventeen days. Throughout this ordeal Samantha was very courageous and remained optimistic. After this experience I was informed that it is very difficult to diagnose pulmonary embolisms and they are often fatal. My daughter, Samantha has inspired me and I am proud to run and promote awareness regarding blood clots.