Why I'm running:
In October 2016, shortly after his 60th birthday, my dad was cycling with friends when he experienced a blinding headache and nausea. My mom rushed him to the ER and he was airlifted to the University of Virginia, where he was diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He spent several weeks in the ICU and nearly died on three separate occasions. The bleed was too deep in his brain for an operation or coil, so all we could do was wait and pray.
Eventually, my dad was released from the hospital and, three months later, the bleed resolved itself. Thanks to the expertise and tireless efforts of the doctors and nurses at UVA, my dad is not only alive, but thriving: cycling, traveling, and experiencing life to the fullest.
I am honored to be running the Boston Marathon, my dream race, for an organization whose mission means so much to me. I am thankful that my dad will be around to watch me run it, and I am grateful that I can contribute to research that will allow other dads to do the same.
About Brain Aneurysm Foundation:
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in 1994 by a renowned Boston neurosurgeon and neurosurgical nurse practitioner who recognized unmet needs among their patients and families as well as a perilous lack of awareness about brain aneurysms among the public and the medical community. Over the ensuing 25 years, the nonprofit Brain Aneurysm Foundation has grown to become the globally recognized leader in brain aneurysm awareness, education, support, advocacy, and research funding.
Guided by a Medical Advisory Board of internationally respected brain aneurysm specialists affiliated with the world’s leading medical centers, and with grassroots support from legions of survivors and families across North America, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation has an audacious, but achievable, goal — a world without death or disability from brain aneurysms.
For more information, please visit bafound.org