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Friday, January 06, 2017

January Athlete of the Month

For 2017 I get to open up my series of blog posts with an athlete story that I am driven to share because it brings home the very reason as to why NBCA (www.STOPTHECLOT.org), myself, and many others do what we do.

In early December I saw in social media a post that I could not believe...

Through my readings of triathlon news I've heard of CRAIG PERCIVAL's and his accomplishments as a triathlete.  One of those had to do with being the first person to complete 8 Ironman-distance events in 8 consecutive days, in the 8 states and territories of Australia, which he achieved!!! 

During this monumental challenge he was able to raise over $80,000 for the John Maclean Foundation, a foundation that helps kids in wheelchairs achieve their dreams.  This is truly a testament as to the character of Mr. Percival. Nothing other than dedication, care, and support of everyone around him.

Unfortunately very tragically and suddenly Craig Percival was taken away from his family.  


"Craig passed away on December 4th 2016, following post surgery complications after undergoing knee surgery a few weeks earlier.  A clot passed through to his lung causing respitory issues, triggering a severe heart attack, starving the brain of oxygen.  7 days after the heart attack, Craig's life support was switched off and his organs donated to recipients."

I am not sure about you but this hit me like a ton of bricks would.

I was simply stunned.

Devastated that a World Class Athlete with a World Class Heart was taken away because of a blood clot...

It is hard to believe that a preventable blood clot caused this tragedy.

Even harder to believe is that Mr. Percival is just one of hundreds if not thousands with a similar faith that can in fact be prevented if the appropriate precautions are taken.  

So it is fitting that on this first blog post of 2017 we celebrate the life of Mr. Craig Percival and re-focus on our mission to spread awareness about blood clots and blood clotting disorders because that awareness can save lives.

As a result of this tragedy Mr. Percival's family is in need of some help... If you have it in you please consider donating via the following link...


Every little bit can and will help!

Thank you for reading,

The Clot Buster

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