John Hancock Financial Services, Inc Matching Gift Program
Great-West Financial Matching Gift
Terry & Jeff Hall
Allison, Matt and Ella Gibbs
Calvin and Nancy Peters
Laura, Leon & Seton Grassi
In honor of my parents.
Don & Maureen Faul
Ken and Camille Hovmiller
Ms. Beverly Butler
The Barile Family
The Vicidomini Family
The Vion Family
The Hackett Family in care of Jeanie Raniolo
Ray and Amber Cusack
Tom & Karen DeTulleo
The Epstein Family
Thanks to all of these donors for their generosity!
We at National Stroke Association and the thousands of people we interact with every year offer our sincere thanks.
"There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful the experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster." - Dalai Lama XIV
Over 4 million US adults live today with the effects of a stroke...My father is one of them.
Monday, August 2, 2004. This is a date that I will never forget. I was living in Boulder, Colorado and I received a call that instantly changed my life and the lives of my family. Before I even answered the phone, I knew something was terribly wrong. On the other end was my mother, she told me that my father had a stoke and was being rushed to the emergency room. I immediately booked a flight back east. I arrived at the hospital the following morning and learned that at the age of 61, my father, Ralph Catalano had suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke....
My father survived this severe stroke when many others would not have...I'm running to honor those individuals, like my dad, who can't run a marathon. When every day is a struggle...Every day is a new challenge to get out of bed, to fight the effects of fatigue, to learn a new way of walking and of dealing with this terrible disability.
Stroke doesn't just affect the individual who has the stroke...A stroke is an all encompassing event and it affects the entire family.
Almost half of stroke survivors rely on family caregivers to assist them with life after a stroke. That's more than 50 Million people who are providing care for a chronically ill, disabled family member in any given year...My mother, Diane Catalano, is one of them...
The professional care associated after a stoke only goes on for so long...After nearly 6 months in and out of various hospitals and care centers, it was determined that my father would be sent home. Insurance only covered so much therapy, and so many days in a care facility...Once he came home, his needs were no different, but the person administering that care fell on the shoulders of my mother.
My mom is an amazingly strong person. For the last 8 years, she has played the extremely difficult job of caregiver to my father. She has helped him with everyday tasks that we all take for granted...getting out of bed, getting dressed, making meals, she provides round the clock support. She helps with physical exercises, she has helped him strengthen his eyesight through at-home computer therapy, and she has taken him to hundreds of doctor's visits. In addition to being the wife, she is also the chef, the housekeeper, the taxi-driver, the doctor, the nurse, the psychiatrist... It is a job that is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...no weekends off, no vacations and no praise or pay. It is downright exhausting...and every day for the last 8 years, she has assumed this role.
I am running to honor those people, like my mom, who work tirelessly every day to provide the type of care that is needed. Who give up their lives to ensure the well-being of their spouse. When every day is a struggle...Every day is a new challenge to care for, support and love someone who is living through the aftermath of a stroke.
Please support me as I run in honor of both of my parents and all those who have been affected by a stroke or are caring for those affected by this disease. I've committed to raising a minimum of $2000 for the National Stroke Association.
About 795,000 American's suffer a stroke each year. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 second. By making a donation, you are not only showing your support of me, but to everyone dealing with the effects of a stroke.
National Stroke Association is the only national non-profit which devotes 100% of its resources to stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Founded in 1984, National Stroke Association prides itself on creating groundbreaking stroke educational programs for both medical professionals and the public. Thank you for joining us to stop this devastating disease.