Tedy's Team Turns 10
Tedy Bruschi’s team of dedicated volunteers continues to make a difference in raising awareness for stroke.
Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, Tedy’s Team has raised nearly $3 million since 2005.
Like most young stroke survivors, Tedy Bruschi wanted to return to work after his stroke in February 2005 at 31. But considering he was a starting linebacker for the NFL’s New England Patriots, some might have questioned his decision. His stroke was the result of a congenital heart defect called a patent foramen ovale, a hole between the upper chambers of the heart.
After being medically cleared, Tedy returned to the team just eight months after his stroke. He played several games that season and was named the 2005 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He played four more seasons. During his 13-season football career he earned three Super Bowl rings, was named All-Pro twice, and served as the Patriots’ team captain.
Tedy and his wife Heidi dedicated themselves to raising awareness of stroke and being advocates. He and the American Stroke Association worked together to create "Tedy’s Team," a group of runners who train together and raise money for stroke research. They compete in the Boston Marathon® and the Falmouth Road Race, a 7K run held each summer on Cape Cod.
Eight runners joined Tedy’s Team in 2005 and raised $80,000. Since then, close to a thousand people have participated and raised almost $3 million. This year’s Boston Marathon marks the team’s tenth anniversary, with 33 runners on track to raise $500,000. Each team member commits to raising at least $5,400. Funds go to the American Stroke Association.
Team members honor a "stroke hero," a survivor or someone who lost their life to stroke, America’s fifth leading cause of death. Stroke heroes include mothers, fathers, siblings and friends. Sometimes even survivors themselves run.
Tedy and Heidi have trained with the team, with Tedy running marathons in 2012 and 2014; Heidi, in 2012. They often run in the Falmouth Road Race each summer. The couple also attends many of the team-sponsored fundraising events.
Tedy’s Team members often speak to groups, striving to educate as many people as possible about recognizing stroke warning signs and acting appropriately when seeing them — calling 9-1-1 immediately.
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