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Survivor of two strokes running portion of Buffalo Marathon

Posted at 11:35 PM, May 22, 2019

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WKBW) — While in the car with her children a few years back, Kelly Naab felt something wrong. She works in health care, she knew she was in trouble.

“I thought, oh my goodness. This is not good,” remembered Naab.

It was a mini-stroke. She had a hole in her heart since birth. Doctors decided the best thing to do was for Kelly to keep on living her life, that was going well until she was hit in the head last year.

The impact caused another stroke.

She went to Gates Vascular and had surgery to close the hole in her heart.

“It was incredible to have this amazing heart care right here in Western New York,” said Naab.

Kelly is almost back to her normal self. She's running again. On Sunday, she'll be running in the Buffalo Marathon. She won’t be running the whole thing, she'll be running in the final leg of a four team relay. That means a seven mile run.

Her team has been raising money for Gates Vascular. She’s on one of nearly 50 relay teams running for the same reason. Each team's goal is to raise one thousand dollars.

“I hope that my journey can help other people, too. You think stroke and heart disease only happens to older people or people with a high amount of risk factors, and you just never know,” said Naab.