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Rookie teammate to run TCS NYC Marathon in memory of her Dad

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Next month, rookie teammate, Claire Burns, will be running her first TCS New York City Marathon in memory of her dad, Paul, who passed away suddenly from a heart attack.

In September of 2005, when Claire was 11 years old, her dad passed away of a full occlusion of the Left Anterior Descending Artery, or what is also referred to as, “the widow maker.”

Paul was a healthy man, he even had a complete stress test two weeks prior to his heart attack, that came back with normal results. After Claire and her family lost her dad, they realized how quickly and unexpectedly heart disease can change peoples’ lives forever.

“While I was 11, my little sister was 5, and will never know what a wonderful father and person our dad was,” explained Claire. “He was larger than life. Always the funniest person in the room, and he cared so deeply about his family and friends.”

For her entire adult life, Claire has made heart health a priority. She is a strong advocate for heart disease research and raising awareness of the warning signs of a heart attack. Claire is also trained in CPR and how to operate an AED.

“I am incredibly grateful to be running with Tedy’s Team to raise funds and awareness for heart disease,” Claire said. “I want to continue to raise awareness so that everyone has the knowledge needed to save lives.”

On Sunday, November 5th, Claire will be joining her fellow teammates on the streets of New York as they tackle the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon. To support her fundraising and awareness efforts, please visit her personal team member page and learn the warning signs of a heart attack TODAY.

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