Local Runner Raises Money

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Published on September 07, 2010 with No Comments

Local Runner & Heart Patient Raises Money for Go Red

Attend any running event in Northwest Indiana and chances are you will see Polly Theising warming up. Theising, 60, of Valparaiso has been running since 1999, including two Chicago Marathons.  Two years ago Theising began having trouble breathing during workouts. She was initially prescribed an inhaler for exercise-induced asthma.

With the inhaler, I was able to finish all of my races, but I was still having trouble catching my breath and I could tell something wasn’t right,” Theising said.
Her family history already had Theising seeing a cardiologist for annual stress tests. That spring, her routine test showed an irregularity. Her doctor immediately scheduled an angiogram, which showed that Theising had 80-90 percent blockage in four arteries.  Two days later Theising underwent open heart surgery.
I sat there in shock as my doctor told me the news. I went from worrying about how I would do in the race next Saturday to wondering if I’d ever run again,” Theising said.  Luckily for Theising, her love for running made her more fit and aware of her body than most people.  My cardiologist told me if I hadn’t been a runner I would probably have had a heart attack, and it may well have been fatal,” Theising said.  Six weeks after a successful surgery and rehabilitation, Theising ran a local 5K race.
“I had to walk most of the 3.1 miles, but I felt lucky to be there,” she said.

Theising was lucky for many reasons, but most of all because often times people learn they have a heart problem only after they have a heart attack.
To help raise awareness about heart health for women, Theising is teaming up with T&H Timing and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. The group will be selling specially designed “Go Red” running shirts bearing Theising’s likeness at local running events to raise money and awareness.
Receive your shirt with a $20 donation to Valpo Goes Red. Shirts will be available at the 2010 Heart Walk on Sept. 25 at Coffee Creek in Chesterton or by contacting Jeanne Sommer, executive chair of Valpo Goes Red at Century 21 Alliance Group, at 219-462-2090, or Heather Henderlong at heather.henderlong@ctt.com .

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