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My Story…

In January of 2005, while away at a hockey tournament with my brother, my Dad, Paul, suffered a stroke. He was only 46 years old. When my Dad has his stroke, he was alone, but recognized that something wasn’t quite right, and he called 9-1-1. I was just 9 years old at the time: I didn’t even know what a stroke was, let alone what the warning signs were. I now understand how fortunate my Dad was to recognize that he needed help and that he was able to call 9-1-1 right away.

Photo of Lauren with her family outside their home


After a few months of rehab, my Dad was able to make a full recovery. Even with this major health setback, my Dad never let it define who he was. Whether he was coaching softball and baseball, standing in freezing cold hockey rinks, waking up at 6AM on Saturdays for field crew up at the Braintree soccer fields, or sitting in a gym watching a gymnastics meet, he was always there for me, my brother and my sister. Him and my amazing Mom, Helene, were our biggest fans.

My Dad was deeply involved in the Braintree community, and loved giving back to everyone around him. Growing up he would always tell us, “If you are doing something good or performing well, you will know because others will tell you. No need to bang your own drum.” My Dad didn’t do anything for the recognition, he did it because he cared, and he wanted to help as many people as he could.

Unfortunately, 12 years later, on February 11, 2017, our lives changed forever when we lost our hero. My Dad passed away suddenly from a heart attack at just 59 years old. From that day forward, I vowed that I would continue my Dad’s legacy of giving back to the people around me.

Two years ago, I joined Tedy’s Team and finished the first ever virtual Boston Marathon. I am now lacing up my sneakers again to take on the 2021 Falmouth Road Race! Through my involvement with Tedy’s Team, I have been able to raise life-saving funds for stroke and heart disease research and raise more awareness of the warning signs of stroke in memory of my Dad.

My family knows how blessed we were to have 12 more years with my Dad after his stroke. I hope by raising more awareness, more families can have additional years of memories together too.

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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. 

Since its inception in 2005, Tedy’s Team has raised over $7 million for stroke research and education programs with the support and dedication of more than 1,200 participants. In addition to raising funds, Tedy’s Team continues to raise awareness of stroke and its warning signs and symptoms.

To learn more about Tedy's Team, please visit www.tedysteam.org 

All donations are tax deductible.


Always remember the warning signs of stroke:


Should you ever have any questions about your donation, please reach out to Elizabeth@TedysTeam.org.

Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Aug 02 Becca Tatum, Mackenzie Hawe, Helene Machado $79.33
Jul 26 Anonymous Go Lauren, we’re rooting for you. Good luck and have a great run. $109.85
Jul 26 Ashley Lucchese $55.35
Jul 26 Bridget Kelly & Steve Zaniboni $82.60
Jul 15 Dorval Best of luck in the race 💙Enjoy!!! I delayed my bib until 2022. 👟 $55.35
Jun 01 Lauren Machado $625.00