BENEFITING: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
ORGANIZER: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
I am so honored to again be a member of Team Ritter to run the NY Marathon on November 3, 2013. In June 2009, at age 37, I was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve and an aortic aneurysm and had surgery a few weeks later to repair the aorta. At the time, I was busy raising an 18 month old daughter, Lily, and a 3 year old son, Gabe, and I was in the best shape of my life. With no known family history of heart or aortic disease, the diagnosis was a shock. I soon realized that I was so lucky and blessed that the condition was discovered before it was too late.
I am passionate about telling people about aortic disease and passing on the Ritter Rules whenever the opportunity presents itself. I proudly wear my scar as a reminder to live life to its fullest and be thankful for every day.
I am now 41 years old. I trained hard last year to be able to complete the 2012 NY Marathon with Team Ritter. I was proud to have raised money for a cause that is so dear to my heart. Unfortunately, the marathon was cancelled last year due to the horrible aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I'm thrilled to be able to finish what I started in 2012 and complete this marathon (on my 42 birthday!), while raising funds and awarness of the John Ritter Foundation. I run to honor the memory of those who died from aortic dissection, and for the survivors and future survivors of aortic disease.
Recently, my family relocated to St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. This will provide all sorts of new challenges to training for a marathon. But, I have an extremely supportive husband, energetic kids, and a big circle of friends and family who are 100 percent behind me and are thrilled that I, once again, have this opportunity. Heat, humidity and limited running routes will not prevent me from finishing this goal...for myself, my kids and family, those impacted by aortic disease and for the John Ritter Foundation.
To read more about my journey from diagnosis to training for the 2013 NYC Marathon, check out my blog.
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