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February 2017

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Sharon Quigley’s Comeback Trail

In 2006, Sharon Quigley had a Transient Ischemic Attack—often  called a mini-stroke.

She was 36 and within months a friend convinced her to take up running. In 2010 she completed the first of nine marathons, including two New York City Marathons that she ran on behalf of the National Stroke Association and raised more than $6,500.

“I had an outpouring of support from my friends and family. Now to be able to help people who might never be able to walk a mile is very meaningful to me,” said Quigley

She’s also found a home in the running community and today is co-head coach of Team Bellemeade which meets weekly on the southside of Richmond City, Va. at Bellemeade Community Center.

Quigley has set her sights on the National Stroke Association’s Comeback Trail run/walk on April 22 at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Plaza in Washington, D.C.

“People need to be educated about stroke,” said Quigley. “Stroke touches people lives but it doesn’t get the shine that it could so it’s important to me to get involved.”

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