Thanks for finding your way to my website for Tedy's Team. I'm so honored to be a part of this team.
I am running this race in memory of my aunt, Kathy Walling. I never thought I'd be running a race in her memory, but here I am.
I thought I'd share a story about the day I ran the Disney Marathon in 2011. It was-and still is-the best day of my life. Before training for that race, I had never run a mile before without having to stop due to asthma or....just hating it. But an amazing coach took me under his wing. and helped me recognize that this was something I was capable of. 1 mile, 5 miles, 9 miles, 16 miles. Training in the hot sun, ice storms, rain, wind-whatever came our way. Along the way, I frequently turned to my aunt through phone calls and she became my #1 cheerleader. I was always met with 100% positivity which motivated me to keep on. In fact, during my last marathon (Chicago), when I ran off the course and into a CVS, where I decided I wanted to quit, she Facetimed me and told me all the reasons I couldn't give up (well, she and a sock monkey friend!). All in all, she was my biggest fan. That was five marathons and fourteen half marathons ago.
But back to the Disney Marathon. After seeing me off at the start, she raced ahead and saw me at various points along the way on that hot, hot day. She promised to see me at mile 22 so I focused on that to get me to that point. However, mile 22 was in Epcot and so she had to buy a day pass into Epcot in order to see me. She did it anyway- to follow through on the promise. When she saw me she gave me a high five and yelled my nickname, proudly waving around a sock monkey, which was one of her many things that she used to motivate me. When I saw her, I knew I would be able to finish. The best part of that day was rounding the bend near the finish line and hearing her scream my name through the fence. That single memory has motivated me to be better more times than I can count. It is one of my best memories.
As I said, I never thought I would be running a race in memory of my aunt. I never imagined a world without her. She died very suddenly last year-and that is something that you can never prepare for. Part of why I am running this race is to promote awareness for healthy hearts-even the seemingly healthiest among us.
When I heard about Tedy's Team and the work they are doing to raise awareness about heart related conditions, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I thought maybe running a race in her memory would be a way to do something positive with the sadness that comes along with her absence. And above all else, I know that she would want me to do this to raise awareness and help other people. This is what she was about-helping people and making people's lives better-everywhere she went. So, KW23, this one's for you.
I am also running this race in memory of my grandfather, Robert Walling, Jr. & my grandmother, Kathryn Crawford.
I am having a raffle abd drawing tge winners on Monday night, July 29th. For every $10 you donate, you have a chance to win! . Here are the items in the raffle: $50 gift card to Great American Restaurants, 2 $100 gift cards to Copperwood Tavern, 4 $25 gift cards to Dudley’s. The last two restaurants are in Arlington.
If you donate, you are automatically entered in the raffle!
Good luck & thank you!
MORE ABOUT TEDY'S TEAM
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.
Tedy's Team participates in the Boston Marathon, Falmouth Road Race, and this year's travel event is Duke City Race Weekend in New Mexico!
We are honored to be part of the Offical Charity Program of the Boston Marathon and the Numbers for NonProfits Program at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race for 15 years. The Boston Athletic Association and the NBFRR hav allowed us to utilize their platforms to elevate the awarenss of the warning signs of stroke, which are best remembered by using the acronym BE FAST, which stands for:
Speech Difficulties - and if you notice any of those warning signs, it's...
TIME TO CALL 9-1-1.
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Should you every have any questions, please reach out to Elizabeth@TedysTeam.org.