Training to End Strokes – A Worthy Cause
Published On: April 28, 2009
My good friend and colleague, attorney Wendi Wagner McCluskey, will be training to end strokes. I asked her to write a piece to post here on my blog. Please read and help her exceed her goals. Although we’re in tough times, I truly believe that hers is a worthy cause, and, for that reason, I made a donation. From the pen of Wendi Wagner McCluskey, Esq.
January, I watched my husband’s grandmother will herself to die after having had a stroke. Christmas Eve, she had been a vibrant woman, smiling and bouncing her great-granddaughter on her lap; by New Year she could do nothing but lie in bed and murmur that she was in terrible pain and wanted an end.
Never in my life did I imagine that I would be walking for a charity. Let me rephrase – Never in my life did I imagine that I would be walking 13 miles, for any reason. In honor of Lally, my husband’s grandmother, I committed to walk the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon – 13.2 miles.
Last Saturday, I did 12 miles with my training group. If you had told me 6 months ago that I could walk/run 12 miles, I would have told you that you had lost your last marble. I am not an athlete, but I am actually doing it. Okay, I am doing in great pain and I don’t look so pretty, I am usually the last person to finish out of 20 or so people – but I am doing it. My legs ache, but not in places they are supposed to. I think I am not normal. But, I am determined to do this. I have committed to raise $1,600. I am pushing to finish my fundraising efforts by May 1st. Check out to see how much money I have raised – or to make a donation of your own.
Did you know that someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of one every 3.1 minutes? Or that 29 percent of people who have strokes are under age 65? Please join me in my efforts to end stroke.