Mike LeBlanc's 2022 NYC Marathon Fundraising Page
After completing the Boston Marathon and Falmouth Road Race with Tedy's Team in 2022, I'm back! This time, I'll be heading down to the Big Apple to complete the 2023 NYC Marathon. I couldn't be more excited to have another opportunity to support this great cause and be a member of this team again!
Last year, with the help of all of you, I raised over $12,000 and the team raised over $700K! With that money, Tedy's Team partnered with MGH to open the Tedy's Team Center of Excellence in Stroke Recovery in Charlestown, MA. This new facility supports the advancement of research in stroke recovery, educates Greater Boston about the warning signs of stroke, and provides rehabilitative care to stroke survivors free of charge!
If you were one of the generous people to help me raise money last year, you know that I run in memory of my grandparents John and Mary Prior, both of whom suffered strokes in their lives. My grandfather suffered his before I was born, but my mom often tells stories of how, as a toddler, I would join him in his physical therapy exercises as he fought to recover from his stroke and other health issues.
My grandmother's stroke occurred when I was in high school and although she survived, she was never the same physically or mentally. Watching the strong, independent woman, who played a major role in raising me, lose her ability to walk and talk was devastating for me and the rest of my family. I run for this team so that others don't have to go through what she did.
Stroke and heart disease has impacted my family and I know I'm not alone. Please help in supporting this great cause by donating whatever you can so that we can continue to remind others of the signs of stroke and give survivors of stroke and heart disease the resources to make a full recovery just like Tedy Bruschi did. Thank you all for your support!
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. to learn more about who we are, please see our website, www.tedysteam.org.
We are honored to be part of the Official Charity Program of the TCS NYC Marathon for 2023.
New York Road Runners has allowed us to utilize their platform to elevate the awareness 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.
- Chest pain and discomfort
- Lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting
- Jaw, neck of back pain
- Discomfort or pain in the arm or shoulder
- Shortness of breath
Should you ever have any questions about your donation, please reach out to Elizabeth@TedysTeam.org.
Donations to Tedy's Team are non-refundable and fully tax deductible.
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