Claire's Fundraising Page for the 2023 TCS NYC Marathon
Thank you so much for supporting me in running my first marathon! I'm running for Tedy's Team in honor of my Heart Hero, Paul A Burns. In September 2005, my Dad passed away suddenly from a heart attack, specifically the "widow maker" which is a full occulusion of the Left Anterior Descending artery.
For those who didn't have the privilege of knowing him, my Dad was larger than life. He was always the funniest person in the room, and cared deeply about his family and friends. Two weeks before his passing, my Dad underwent a stress test with entirely normal results. It goes to show that heart disease can quickly and unexpectedly change peoples lives.
As a result of my Dad's passing, I've become a fierce advocate for heart disease research and raising awareness for the signs of a heart attack. I'm trained in CPR and how to operate an AED. I want everyone to have the same level of knowledge in the hopes that it means more people survive cardiac events.
I'm so incredibly grateful to be running the 2023 TCS NYC Marathon for Tedy's Team to raise funds for heart disease research and continue to spread awareness!
Thank you again so much for your support,
Claire E Burns
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.
BE FAST is an acronym to help you quickly recognize common signs of a stroke and to take any necessary action by calling for emergency medical services. Other symptoms may include sudden and severe unexplained headache or migraine with no obvious cause, and confusion or trouble understanding things they would normally know.
Please also note the warning signs of heart attack are:
- Chest pain and discomfort
- Lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting
- Jaw, neck of back pain
- Discomfort or pain in the arm or shoulder
- Shortness of breath
If you have any of these symptoms, listen to your body and please call 9-1-1 immediately.
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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