Daniel Bondy - Boston Marathon 2021 Tedy's Team Stroke Fundraising
As many of you know, my mother suffered a stroke in January 2011 at the age of 43. While we almost lost her, she is now going on 10+ years as a stroke survivor. I am grateful every day that she is still with us, and her struggles are a daily reminder that stroke and heart disease can happen to anyone, regardless of age, health, or other factors. In fact, many of you donated to my marathon in support of stroke research last November, and together we were able to raise over $20,000 for the American Stroke Association.
This year, I will be running the Boston Marathon to raise money again for stroke research. I am fundraising for Tedy's Team (see below), which raises important funds that go toward increasing awareness of stroke warning signs and providing funds for stroke victims and their families.
My family was eminently fortunate that my mom survived and that we had the health insurance and resources to ensure our lives could go on with some semblance of normalcy after her stroke. However, for many survivors, the financial burden outside of what their health insurance covers can be overwhelming to themselves and their families. Through its Comeback Assistance Program, Tedy's Team strives to help cover many of these costs, including such expenses as extended physical and speech therapies, procedures, medical equipment, and other smaller costs that can add up quickly.
Any donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.
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 have 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:
- Balance Difficulties
- Eyesight Changes
- Face Drooping
- Arm Weakness
- Speech Difficulties - and if you notice any of those warning signs, it's...
- TIME TO CALL 9-1-1.
Should you ever have any questions about your donation, please reach out to Elizabeth@TedysTeam.org.
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