When Karen Murray takes to the road this week for the grueling challenge of running 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 states, her legs won’t be the most important factor in this amazing feat. It’s her heart that keeps her going. Murray will be embarking on a journey that will cover 7 marathons, in 7 states, in 7 days. Over the course of a week, Murray will participate in the Heartland Series which is 7 marathons in 7 states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. During the 7 events, she will run approximately 183.4 miles.
Murray, a 48-year old mother of three from Mamaroneck, an avid runner and member of the local NEWRO Runners club is also part of a running movement called “Run 4 Brad” and proceeds from her competitions will benefit the organization. Run 4 Brad was founded by Larchmont resident Jessica Berman, after her 37-year-old husband Brad suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on August 4, 2013, as he was lacing up for a training run for what should have been his 4th marathon. The brain injury resulted from a congenital AVM (arteriovenous malformation) which ruptured that morning but had otherwise been asymptomatic his entire life. After 4 months in the hospital and intensive rehabilitation at Burke, Brad continues his recovery with the support of his wife and 2 young sons.
The goal of Run 4 Brad is to raise money to fund a lower limb robotics program at the Burke Medical Research Institute. Burke’s existing upper limb robotics clinic has yielded impressive results with patients, and through the work of Run 4 Brad, Burke is now able to provide lower limb resources to help those, like Brad, who have suffered traumatic brain injuries to maximize their rehabilitation. The Run 4 Brad movement has raised over $600,000 which has been used to purchase two robotic devices.
According to Murray, she is running because she can: “My mantra is: what the mind believes, the body achieves and I am honored to run for Brad and help him and others reach 100% recovery."
For information about how you can support Karen’s efforts, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/7days7marathons4brad/fundraiser/karenmurray. For more information about Burke’s robotic assisted therapy programs, please visit burke.org/research.