Kathy Nguyen - Fundraising for Brain Aneurysm Research

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Benefiting Brain Aneurysm Research at the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders CenterKathy Nguyen and Travis

I’m going to take on the challenge and run LA Marathon!
Who’s with me?

On March 8, 2015, I suffered a severe bleed from a ruptured brain aneurysm. A long and difficult recovery followed.  I vividly remember the first day I was able to walk comfortably (no pain or headaches), and said to myself "you're going to RUN again by year end!

Well, that goal has been met ahead of schedule. Less than six months after my illness, I began running again.  One milestone along the way was my first "official" mile walk for the 5th Annual 5K/Walk for BAF (Brain Aneurysm Foundation) held here in Newark, DE in April.  Since then, my husband Robby has been encouraging to share my story to raise awareness.

A beautiful note from my husband written on April 17, 2015
I consider myself the luckiest man alive to still have her here as her kind, fun-loving, awesome self. You can help me promote awareness, provide support for the patients and families, and advance research by running with me or making a donation. Together we can make a difference, so the world can have more “lucky” people like me. ~Robby Alvarez.

So on February 14, 2016 I will do just that. I've decided what better way to tell my story, raise awareness, fundraise, and thank all the nurses and doctors (especially those from Keck Hospital of USC, 7S ICU) for their extraordinary care, than to RUN on their behalf at the LA MARATHON!

Right around the time I was going through brain surgery, thousands were running the LA Marathon. Doctors at Keck took over 10 hours to complete the surgery, so in a sense we were all in our own marathon together. So I thought why not celebrate another year of life by running another one…call it my "comeback" race.

Kathy Nguyen

To me, it will be a day I will be lucky enough to enjoy what I love to do. Every day is another day I've been blessed with, to be with my friends and family, my hubby, my kids, and our furry boy, Travis.

Running has been a passion of mine over the past 5 years. It has given me an avenue to be fit and de-stress. I’ve learned more about myself, and it has also given me a platform to run for those who cannot.

It has not been easy to get back to 100%, but I just keep telling myself that this aneurysm is not going to stop me from doing what I love and enjoy or hold me back in anyway. This is why it is so important for me to run again. I want to let others who have survived a stroke know that life can still go on.

It is also equally important to raise awareness and funds to support the Keck Medicine of USC. My family and I not only have the doctors and nurses of Keck Hospital to thank, but also all those who further the research on the effective diagnosis and treatment of brain aneurysms.,

Make your donation to benefit the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders Center using the button below. Be sure to click on the "Memorial or honorarium information" link on page two of the donation form and indicate your gift is in honor of "Kathy Nguyen."

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Beginning September 24th - To make a gift with your smartphone, or to help me raise money as a fundraiser, just text the word “Kathy” to the number 71777 and you will be texted back a link to my mobile fundraising page.


Keck Medicine of USC is part of the University of Southern California and uses USC’s Federal Tax ID Number: 95-1642394. For Questions about your gift please contact Valerie Sanchez at (323) 442-1326 or by email at valerie.sanchez@med.usc.edu.

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