Ashley Girard was a Northeastern University (NU) student in 2006 when she walked into the campus health center with flu-like symptoms. She left with a recommendation to visit a heart specialist and was soon undergoing open-heart surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“I was really nervous. I had to write out my last will and testament. It was pretty scary,” said Girard, who would go on to graduate from NU.
But now she has completely recovered and is running long-distance races to help raise money for the American Heart and Stroke Association. She does the fund-raising as part of “Tedy’s Team,” which is named after former New England Patriots player and stroke survivor Tedy Bruschi.
Heart surgery survivor raises money with road races