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Lisa Combs

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lisa combs
senior director, logistics

On January 15, 2006 I finished the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Phoenix, AZ.  I had trained for 6 months and had raised close to $8K for the American Stroke Association.  It was the hardest thing I ever did but next to getting married and having my son, it was definitely the most rewarding experience due to the charity element.  I was relentless in fundraising and had calculated to the penny what each mile was worth, so as the miles grew and my body ached and I wanted to quit, I knew I had to finish.

Many of my supporters shared personal stories with me about their friends and family that had strokes and how it affected their lives.  Every step I took was in honor and in memory of each and every one of them which made crossing the finish line that much more gratifying.