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Roy's 1st Marathon 1 year after open heart surgery

Finally Finished!!

Finally Finished!!

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Here's my story.

Hi everybody! Hope everyone's is doing well. On behalf of the Heart Association, I am going to run my first marathon in Detroit on 10/19/08. For those who don't know, the run is 26.2 miles long. I know, I know, why? Why not? After last year's open heart surgery, God has blessed me with another chance in life. I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve that was diagnosed about 8 or 9 years ago. This condition was making my heart work harder than it should and last year it reached a point that it needed to be replaced.

We scheduled the procedure on my birthday July 19th, 2007 - the soonest we could get in! The surgery was a success, though there were a few compliations. My surgeon, Dr. Michael Moront, found that my right coronary artery was not functioning at all. The left coronary artery was doing all the work. Dr. Moront only had to make a small incision to replace the aortic valve, and fix the right coronary artery. Sounds great, right? But when Dr. Moront unclamped the aorta to let the blood flow through my heart, my heart did not start beating. Dr. Moront told me that the heart usually starts beating seconds after the blood begins to flow through it. Nothing happened. After a few minutes, Dr. Moront had to get a better look, so he made a the full chest incision. After running a battery of tests, he found the potassium level had shot up, and once treated, my heart started beating! Thank God Dr. Moront did not give up on me! I am eternally grateful to all the loving and caring staff at the Toledo Hospital, especially Dr. Moront, his staff, and all the super nurses and staff from pre and post surgery, and up on the 7th floor.

Thank you so much!

I am dedicating each mile of the marathon to special people who have touched my heart and soul. Some of these people are family, and some are now part of my extended family. Some have passed on, and I am grateful for being a small part of their lives.
I've been running many many miles while training for this marathon. Some days 4 miles feel like 14. But all this training is the hard part.

Marathon day is my Victory lap.

If you can, please donate to the heart association. If you can't donate, please take a minute on October 19 to say a prayer and send good wishes up to Detroit. Your thoughts and prayers will help catapult me through the finish line!

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by heart disease.

I Finally Finished!!!

10/19/08 was one of the best days of my life. Detroit is a beautiful city. The bridge, tunnel, the volunteers were great! Lots of Love to the AHA spirit station at mile 1 too!! The 1st 20 miles were so much fun. The last 6 miles was hard work. All the people on my sign helped me get to the finish line. Without them, I would not be able to run at all. My only complaint was the blister on my heel. Other than that, just sore. But when I put that medal around my neck, all the pain disappears.
Big thank yous to my wife Amy and Anna for waking up @ 5am to see me for a few seconds @ the start and mile 12. Thanks to my parents for their support at the tunnel, and a Big THANK YOU to my new running buddy Kristina, whom I just met on Sunday and helped me out through the entire race. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

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