Welcome to Mara's Personal Fundraising Page,
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my fundraising page for the 2021 Boston Marathon. As many of you may already know this race means so much to me, and being a part of Tedy's Team makes it even that much more special. I have ran for Tedy's Team several times in the past in honor of my Father, Thomas G. Sarhanis, who lost his life due to stroke.
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 started by former Patriots player Tedy Bruschi who suffered a stroke in February 2005, nine days after his third Super Bowl championship, and just two days after playing in the Pro Bowl. At 31, he figured his poor balance, lack of vision in one eye and crushing headache were from football. Further tests then showed it was due to a blood clot in his brain.
This past year stroke once again hit my life personally. My co-worker and good friend Timothy Coco suffered from a stroke after a car accident he endured in 2020. Tim then spent over a month in the ICU fighting for his life. He had many complications, and had to relearn how to walk, talk, swallow, eat, stand, and many other simple every day tasks that we at times take for granted. Tim has over come all the odds and has had a truly amazing recovery, however the stroke has still left his vision abnormal. Due to the deficit currently in his vision Tim is unable to drive, which makes things very difficult. Tim is the father of four young children all under the age of six, and a dedicated loving husband to his amazing wife. This year for Boston 2021 I want to run in Tim's honor. He is a fighter and defines the word surivor. Thinking of Tim will carry me through that 26.2 mile journey through my favorite course of all time.
I also will be running in loving memory of my Father as mentioned above. In case you aren't sure of his story, he lost his life at the age of 59 due to complications that arose from a stroke he suffered. My Father was my best friend, my hero, my biggest inspiration, the best teacher, and meant everything to me. My Father was who first gave me the passion and love that I have for running. He himself was former high school and college cross-country star. He was the first person I ventured out with on my very first run at the age of fourteen, after that I never looked back. I will proudly wear Tim's name and my Father's name on my jersey and fundraise in their honor and memory.
Thank you for your generous donation and for taking the time to ready my personal story. You are making the difference in the life of so many famliies who have been and or may be affected by stroke. Please stay healthy and well. Love to you all xo!
Kindest Regards with a very Thankful Heart,
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