Hi Friends and Family,
Thanks for taking the time to visit my Tedy’s Team Fundraising Page.
For some people running comes naturally; for me there was nothing natural about it. When I first laced up to run, it was the first time I notably remember facing such a dynamic fear head on. As a young adult I was both a High School and a College Athlete. Still, I battled high-blood pressure, and my weight was unhealthy, to say the least. After being educated by medical professionals on the risks of stroke and heart disease, specifically among African Americans, I finally decided to make a change. I would take on the thing I feared most, something that never came natural to me—running. Over time, running has became my favorite activity and it has had such a profound life-changing and lifelong effect on my life, providing me with the protective benefits that I needed to both regain and keep my health. It is a lesson I feel obliged to pass on: Keep challenging yourself!
The mission of Tedy's Team is to raise awareness for stroke and heart disease while supporting survivors on their journey, giving them a means for a comeback! Tedy's Team was originally founded in 2005, when Tedy Bruschi, former linebacker for the New England Patriots suffered a stroke shortly after winning his 3rd Super Bowl and just days after returning from his first Pro Bowl.
Fast forward 13 years and over $5 million later, through Tedy's Team's support of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke has been reduced from the #3 killer of all Americans to the #5 killer. Tedy's Team has helped fund life saving research in and around Massachusetts.
Running the Boston Marathon has felt really surreal. It’s still hard to express and summarize the infinite emotions that occur on race day; the highs and lows, challenges, wins and losses that inevitably occur. However there are two feelings that have resonated very strongly both during and after the race. The first is the immense measure of inner-strength that I apparently possess, the inner “Unicorn” that firmly believes there is no goal I can’t achieve. It’s the extra inner-tank that most wont push themselves to tap into out of fear of the unknown. Running the Boston Marathon had to have been the most complete and full day of my life. All the emotions, all the pain, but in the end my strength to endure and my resolve to finish strong with my Tedy's Team teammates persevered. Secondly, and most importantly, I want to thank all of my family and friends for all of their support along the way. Whether you knew it or not your words, handshakes, hugs and kisses fueled and carried me when I literally couldn’t feel my feet and was searching for reasons to keep up my pace. Kerry Falvey, Barbara Fox, Ann Fox, Beverly Fox-Schantz, Mary Lennon, Mary Appleton Brownell, Jessica Klein Barnum, Sarah Klein Hager, Jon Hager, Michelle Kilimonis and Heather Otero you were wings on my shoulders and I couldn’t have done this without you! Additionally, I am also incredibly grateful for all of those who attended the 2019 Marathon, in the rain, shouted my name and cheered me along the course—even though we were strangers. The Boston Marathon is a microcosm of life in the closest way. It encapsulates the highs and lows; ones ability to overcome a challenge, the ability to pivot when a new plan or goal is needed, and ultimately how to enjoy it all alongside an incredible community with a smile on your face.
Since the Marathon, I have re-dedicated myself to running for and fundraising for Tedys Team, commiting myself to eradicating heart disease and stroke. Mynmissiok jas led me to create and found the first ever West Medford Running Club, for the town I grew up in, promoting heart health and overall Fitness as well as comraderie in the neighborhood. I have also commited to running the Falmouth Road Race, Duke City Marathon and the 2020 Boston Marathon!
It is my hope that you'll join me, be inspired and create your own path towards running into fitness, while eradicating stroke and heart disease.
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