BETH WARREN TRAINS TO HELP END STROKE RISKS
Beth Warren, who has been a Legal Assistant with our firm for seven years, has been training since February to participate in the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon in Nashville, Tenn. Just as this Report goes to press, Beth will be tackling the half-marathon walk on April 25th, which will be the first time she has participated in a marathon. This isn’t just a personal fitness goal for Beth. She is walking on behalf of the American Stroke Association, to raise money for education and research, and to raise awareness about the dangers and warning signs of stroke. It’s a cause that’s very close to her heart. In 2006, Beth lost her mother, Mary Jeanette Hardeman Warren, at age 62, from complications due to a stroke. Mrs. Warren had suffered a large stroke in 2001. Beth had this to say:
I saw the struggles she had after her stroke, as a result of the stroke, throughout the years before her death. Strokes can cause physical disabilities, and people often need a lot of assistance just to deal with everyday activities. I can’t imagine what people do who don’t have help.
Beth’s mother began suffering a series of intense headaches prior to her stroke in 2001. Nobody in the family realized these were actually a series of mini-hemorrhagic strokes, or bleeding in her brain. Mrs. Warren went to the doctor in 2001 to find out what was causing the headaches, and while undergoing tests she suffered a major stroke. As a result, she couldn’t walk, and had to learn to feed herself again. She couldn’t be left alone, but required constant care and assistance with everything from dressing to bathing and other basic needs. Perhaps most heartbreaking for her family, Mrs. Warren lost the ability to relate to them, recognizing them, but not really understanding who they were.
The American Stroke Association operates the “Train to End Stroke” program that allows people to participate in marathons and half-marathons in different locations on behalf of stroke awareness. Beth committed to raise $3,000 to participate in the Nashville event. She raised the money through a variety of events including a “Jeans Day” at the firm — where employees donated $5 to wear jeans to work – a Bunko tournament, and a Final Four college basketball bracket.
The Stroke Association provided Beth with a handbook and training schedule to help her prepare, with walks gradually increasing in length to increase her endurance. The Association also provided her with official race gear, including a singlet, a special tank top to wear during the race to promote stroke awareness, as well as a hat and bag in which to keep her supplies. Beth observed:
I hope that by raising awareness, more people will learn about strokes, and recognize the signs of a stroke sooner. I feel that if we’d known more about stroke, maybe my mother could have been saved.
We are extremely proud of Beth for her involvement in this worthy cause. For more information about stroke, or to make a donation, visit the American Stroke Association online at www.strokeassociation.org.
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