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BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance

EVENT: Kerri’s Stop The Clot® Cycling Event

EVENT DATE: Dec 03, 2016

THE STORY:

Every day, 274 people die of blood clots in America alone. That’s 274 deaths daily that can be prevented. Blood clots kill more people each year than AIDS, Breast Cancer and motor vehicle accidents combined. Blood clots do not discriminate, regardless of age, race or gender we are all at risk. Knowing the signs, symptoms and risk factors saves lives and prevents lifelong pain and disability. Ready, set, CYCLE!

 

Mark your calendars. Join us on December 3rd at 12:00 PM at the Prime Cycle in Hoboken, NJ. Come sign up to cycle to stop the clot bikes are $40 per person. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place riders and a raffle for tickets to a show! All proceeds go to the National Blood Clot Alliance, for research and awareness. Bring your friends and family and help us raise money and awareness for blood clots! Prime Cycle promises an incredible workout, amazing music, energy-enhancing video graphics and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art Cycle Theatre. Participants will have the opportunity to get in a great workout while simultaneously raising money to help support NBCA, prevent blood clots and save lives! Special thanks to Cornnie and Alexa for helping us host the event!

 

1) Create a Prime Cycle account http://www.primecycle.com/

2) Call the studio @ 201-795-0900 3) Request for the Cycle to Stop Blood Clots ride on Dec 3rd 12:00 pm My story as a survivor of pulmonary embolism:

 

My name is Kerri Quinn. 5 years ago my life changed. I just turned 28 and by all accounts I was normal athletic healthy person who worked, went to grad school, exercised regularly, hung out with my friends, played kickball for fun and everything was going great!
 During a kickball game, I kicked a double, YEY! As I ran the bases it felt like my heart was coming out of my chest. I chalked it up as being out of shape. The next day, I had trouble breathing as I walked to the path station and headed to work. I felt dizzy and by the time I got to my desk the pain in my chest was unbearable. My boss came over and noticed that I was in distress. I saw the company nurse who told me to go see my doctor. I saw my doctor that same day. My doctor gave me muscle relaxers and said it might just be a pulled muscle, but said if the chest pains persisted then I should go to the ER. The very next day, I was in my apartment alone and could barely talk to my mom over the phone. I was gasping for air. I told her I was fine and luckily she refused to accept my stubbornness and took me to the ER. (Thanks MOM!) Immediately I was given a bed and an IV, once the tests results came back I was rushed to Intensive Care Unit ICU because I had multiple blood clots in my lungs. Blood clots in the lungs are known as a Pulmonary embolism (PE/DVT).

According to the Center of Disease Control :

• Sudden death is the first symptom in about 25% of people who have a PE.

• Up to 30 percent of people will die within one month of being diagnose with PE.

• Aprox 900,000 people per year in US are affected by PE/DVT

• 60,000-100,000 Americans die of PE/DVT each year.

 

I had to fight back tears because at 28 years old I had to face my own mortality. Luckily I was surrounded by a strong team friends and family. I learned about risk factors but I am now dedicated to creating awareness. It is so important that people learn what the symptoms of PE are so that they can be treated immediately. WE CAN SAVE LIVES! Please take a moment to set up your fundraising page, and share the link with friends and family.

 

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