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2017 RAISE Award: Outstanding Fundraising Effort

Trista McClarnon

When Trista McClarnon received information about the Comeback Trail 5K series, she hoped that there were plans for one in Nashville this year. She soon found out that Nashville was not on the Comeback Trail schedule, so she decided to be proactive and serve as the Chair of the inaugural Nashville Comeback Trail event though she had never done anything like this before. With the support of the National Stroke Association, she taught herself how to put on a 5K walk/fun run. She sought out an accessible, beautiful location that was perfectly suited for those with mobility challenges. She boosted camaraderie at the opening of the event by acknowledging the stroke survivors and top fundraisers. She placed a sign at each 100’ interval denoting a corresponding distance at popular locations in the community facilitating confidence in survivors when venturing out in the community. Trista publicized the race through social media and her large network of medical professionals to promote and encourage participation. Participants and sponsors included physicians, hospitals, rehab facilities, therapists, and stroke survivors and their families and friends. The event, held during National Stroke Awareness Month this year, raised over $13,000 for the National Stroke Association and brought together the Greater Nashville stroke community.

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