News from the American Stroke Association and Tedy’s Team about Danielle Russell, a North End Resident who was standing just a few feet away from one of the bombs on Boylston Street at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Walking away physically unharmed, Russell will be running this year’s marathon to raise funds to fight Stroke.
Danielle Russell of Boston will be running the 118th Boston Marathon on Tedy’s Team, led by former New England Patriots linebacker and stroke survivor, Tedy Bruschi. Russell will be running in honor of her father who is a stroke survivor.
In 2010, Russell’s father suffered a severe stroke completely out of the blue. Thankfully, he was with family who called 9-1-1 and he was rushed to the hospital. After several tense days, doctors told Russell’s family that her father was on his way to recovery and likely would not exhibit any of the serious long-term side effects that affect many other stroke patients.
“I look forward to running the Boston Marathon this year to honor those who cannot run and to give thanks for my health and the health of my family and friends, especially my father,” said Russell. “I am extremely honored to run as a member of Tedy’s Team, and to raise critical funds and awareness to help strike out stroke once and for all.”
On Monday, April 21st, Russell and over 70 members of Tedy’s Team will be motivated by their stroke heroes when they hit the pavement for the 118th Boston Marathon. They will celebrate the passion and inspiration of Tedy’s Team, honoring both survivors and the loved ones lost to the regions No. 4 leading cause of death. Consider these statistics:
- About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.
- Stroke kills more than 128,000 people a year. That’s about one of 19 deaths. On average every four minutes someone dies of stroke.
- With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. Call 911 at the first signs of a stroke, which include slurred speech, confusion or unexplained headaches.
The runners are taking a critical step toward raising awareness of stroke and its warning signs, as well as much needed funds for local research and educational programs. To support Danielle’s fundraising efforts, click here.
About Tedy’s Team
Join Tedy’s Team to run the Boston Marathon or Falmouth Road Race while raising funds for the American Stroke Association in support of Tedy Bruschi’s fight against stroke. In February 2005 at the age of 31, New England Patriot captain Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke. Having confronted stroke first hand, teaming up with the American Stroke Association became the obvious choice for Tedy’s commitment to helping tackle the death and disability caused by stroke. For more information, visit www.strokeassociation.org/tedysteam.
About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — America’s No. 4 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association was created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit Stroke Association Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.