The morning of June 8, 2018 was a routine NYC morning for me. While walking back to my apartment, I developed shortness of breath so severe I could not walk more than a foot without holding on to the side of a building. I ended up in the emergency room where, after almost 8 hours of tests it was finally determined that I had suffered a bilateral pulmonary embolism - a fancy phrase for blood clots in my lungs. Like many patients, when I finally left the hospital, I did so without any information! I was terrified that I was going to die. And so began my blood clot journey, a journey which brought me to the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA).
I quickly learned how little people know about blood clots and how very, very lucky I am to be alive. Angered by the lack of awareness of this public health crisis, I joined the Board of NBCA, where we work tirelessly to educate people and raise awareness of this terrible disease. Here I have met other patients, caregivers, people and families who have been impacted by blood clots. People like Frank and his wife Amy and their 5 beautiful children.
Young, energetic and a devoted Mom, Amy awoke on July 1st to a racing heart and could not breathe or see clearly. Taken to a local hospital, she experienced an acute massive pulmonary embolism. Two days later, she passed away leaving Frank a widow with 5 young children. Doctors told Frank that Amy may have gotten her blood clot from taking hormonal birth control, a risk factor for developing blood clots. Amy did not have to die.
This March is Blood Clot Awareness Month. In an effort to raise awareness and education about blood clots, NBCA has organized the “100,000 Reasons to Ride” honoring the 100,000 lives lost each year to blood clots. My team is riding to honor Amy. Please join me, Frank, and his 5 beautiful children – Savannah, Martin, Shaun, Katy, and Thomas –in helping to raise critical funds to support NBCA's life-saving programs and services. I have a personal goal to raise $100,000 for this event. Please help reach my goal. With your help we can prevent so many blood clot related deaths.
(Amy, Frank, Savannah, Martin, Shaun, Katy, and Thomas)
If you prefer to donate via ACH, please use the information below for The National Blood Clot Alliance PNC Banking:
Pay Routing/Transit number: ABA 021052053
Account Number: 99340065
|Donation date||Donor name||Donation amount|
|Apr 13||Shannon Fitzgerald||$54.10|
|Apr 12||Team SoMa in support of Stop the Clot||Undisclosed amount|
|Mar 31||Tal Simon||$1,065.85|
|Mar 31||Ben Hanko||$533.35|
|Mar 16||Anonymous||Undisclosed amount|
|Mar 05||Anonymous||Undisclosed amount|
|Feb 17||Anonymous||Undisclosed amount|