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Tedy’s Team Rookie to Run Boston Marathon One-Year Post Stroke
Ross Olson and his wife.
Ross Olson suffered a mini-stroke on April 13, 2018. This year on April 15th, he will be running the 123rd Boston Marathon® with Tedy’s Team.
New teammate, Ross Olson, will be running the 123rd Boston Marathon® with Tedy’s Team as a stroke survivor, just one year and two days after suffering a mini-stroke in 2018.
“At what was a scary time for my family, a connection to Tedy and his team made it easier for us to see the other side,” Ross said. “I am extremely proud to run with Tedy’s Team this year.”
On April 13, 2018, Ross suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or mini-stroke. He was sitting across the table from his wife and wasn’t able to speak any coherent words to her. Ross had no idea what was happening, but thankfully his wife knew that something was not right and she immediately took him to the hospital.
After undergoing a battery of tests, Ross was diagnosed with a hole in his heart, known as a patent foramen ovale (PFO), that his physicians believe caused his TIA. On May 31st, Ross underwent a procedure to repair his PFO to reduce his risk of any future strokes.
“As my wife and I navigated our way through the diagnosis, a common and relatable factor was Tedy Bruschi,” Ross explained. “Watching Tedy return to the NFL after his stroke made it easier for my wife and I to see that a comeback from stroke was possible.”
On Friday, June 1st, Ross started on his path to recovery with a goal of running the 2019 Boston Marathon® and because of his strength and determination he will be achieving that goal with Tedy’s Team in April. Ross will join Tedy and 46 other teammates as they tackle the historic 26.2 mile race together.Back to All Blog Posts