LUDLOW, Vt. – The Black River Varsity Softball team’s game against Proctor was played in support of Lora Miele, Tedy’s Team, and stroke awareness. On Wednesday, May 10, stroke survivor Liz Hindinger and Assistant Coach Bud Trimboli, whose mother was impacted by stroke, tossed the first pitches. Sponsors for each of the players and coaches supported Miele in her efforts to fundraise thousands of dollars, and everyone was sponsored to wear a stroke awareness t-shirt. The girls’ coach, Zoe Trimboli, helped with sponsorship and coordination.
Lora Miele has taken on a huge challenge, to raise $10,000 in support of the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, Tedy’s Team, and her friend Liz Hindinger, who suffered a stroke several years ago. During the last few months, Miele has raised over $7,000 and has run hundreds of miles to prepare for the final 26.2-mile race, the Boston Marathon.
“This entire experience is hard to put into words. The support I have received from family, friends, other supporters of Liz and the community leaves me speechless. I thank all of those that have helped with this fundraising effort from the bottom of my heart! I knew this would be a huge task and to be more than halfway to my goal is simply amazing! Both Liz and I feel blessed and fortunate to be able to support Tedy’s Team and the American Stroke Association is such a big way!” said Miele.
Tedy’s Team was founded by Tedy Bruschi, who suffered a stroke in February 2005 just after winning his third Super Bowl and returning from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. He dedicated his life to fighting stroke and promoting stroke awareness. Together, runners have raised over 3.5 million dollars for stroke research, education, and awareness.
Miele’s dedication to this cause would not be possible without the support of the community. She would like to personally thank all those who sponsored the players and the event: Bruce & Lisa Schmidt, Lisa LeTourneau, Melissa Ryan, Tara Lichtensteiger, Mariel Meringolo, Suzy Buckley, Anne Gardner, Lindsey & Ellie Bickford, Patricia Rumrill, Peg Corso, Beth Oldenburg, Senor Bosco, Mairi Trimboli, and Go With the Flo Yoga.
Miele is honored to have continued her involvement with Tedy’s Team for this season, and she recently ran the Boston Marathon in April, with the support of her generous community. “It’s your way of running with me,” she said. She hopes to continue her support of stroke survivors next season, and with the support of her community, she’s already halfway there.