Kelly's Fundraising Page
I am so excited to be raising funds for Tedy's Team! Here is a look into why I am joining this cause:
It was April 2020; I was 34 years old and in peak physical condition. I worked out up to 3 hours a day. My activity included CrossFit and CrossFit-style workouts, coaching group fitness classes, swimming, and LOTS of running. I adored running in half-marathons, obstacle races, and even managed to finish one full-marathon.
I awoke one morning to severe neck pain and, shortly after, began having bouts of vertigo, nausea, dizziness, vision problems, severe migraines, fatigue and some one-sided weakness and numbness. I was eventually flown to a stroke treatment center where I was diagnosed with Spontaneous Bilateral Vertebral Artery Dissection (VAD) with Multiple Cerebellar Strokes.
Healing was uncertain and frustrating. My dizziness stuck with me for many months and the brain fog from the strokes was intense. My activity was limited to short walks. And I was told I may never get back to my previous lifestyle, including running.
Still, I was a very lucky survivor; within 4 months, my neurologist cleared me for light activity. I began building my cardio back, and by 6 months post-diagnosis I ran a 10K! In March, I was able to reach my insane goal to run the Oakland Marathon and thrived! Next came the Humboldt Bay Marathon on August 14th, 2022. I'm not sure what's next, but the possibilities are endless. I want to take this opportunity to continue to raise money and awareness for VAD survivors and victims of storkes. Thanks to Tedy’s Team to allow me this chance to give back!
Follow my journey on Instagram @vad_mama_jama or on my website www.vad-ass.com
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.
Remember the warning signs of stroke!
- 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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