As a former member of Tedy’s Team, I came to realize that everyone who is part of this great organization came to it for their own unique and individual reasons. Mine at the time, with no small part, because of my Aunt Marlene. Marlene, as a young wife and mother, at age 38, suffered what would be to most, a life ending stroke. This physical setback, not withstanding, allowed Marlene to show the world, how to bounce back from adversity and live life to the fullest, despite what happened to her. Yes, she had physical limitations, but her spirit was impossible to quell. In fact, she recovered in a way that made her even more beautiful as she demonstrated to us with a positive and awe-inspiring attitude, that no disease, despite all their pathology, can triumph over a willing and enduring spirit. Marlene continued to live life resolutely and irrefutably inspiring to all who knew her. Fast forward to today, where I am in a different place in life, as a father, husband and a little more advanced in years and wisdom. About two months ago, I took stock of my life and discovered, that because of a stressful work life and in part because of the chaos of life (and even some laziness), I allowed myself to gain weight and generally become unhealthy. Looking back at how Marlene overcame her adversity reminded me that there were no excuses for living a substandard life. I took it upon myself to “hit the reset button”. Because of making this life changing decision, I started running and literally changing my life. To date, I have lost 40 pounds and have shown my son and others who know me, that one can reprioritize their life and get back to the values that matter. It wasn’t only the decision to embark on a health kick that has made this possible. It has been the powerful motivator re-joining Tedy’s Team and participating in all its races. My hope is doing this is that I will be able to inspire others, like Marlene, and support the great cause of financially supporting the American Heart Association. Because of this goal, I will keep aiming in moving forward to a better life for myself and making a difference in the lives of those like my Aunt Marlene. Thank you for supporting me as I embark on this journey.
Tedy's Team Foundation wrote:
Welcome to the Tedy's Team fundraising website.
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 live saving research in and around Massachusetts.
With the help of over 1,200 alumni, Tedy's team has raised awareness of the warning signs of stroke by knowing the warning signs!
BE FAST: Balance Difficulties, Eyesight Changes, Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulties - and if you notice any of those signs, it's TIME TO CALL 9-1-1.
New this year is our Comeback Assistance Program: a financial assistance program created to help survivors and caregivers of heart disease and stroke.
Thank you for visiting our page. Please scroll down to support any of our runners!
Should you every have any questions, please reach out to Elizabeth@TedysTeam.org.