CLINTON – When the 45th annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race takes off on Sunday, Aug. 20, Clinton resident Katie McNamara will be part of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) team.
McNamara is a returning member, running on behalf of her mother, a brain injury survivor.
“I think over the last three years, I have helped raise over $4,000 for the Brain Injury Association, and each year my time has gotten a little better. Some of my friends have even turned it into a little competition – they try to wait until the other donates to see how much more they will donate,” she said.
McNamara, a 2006 graduate from Clinton High School, is running her fourth Falmouth Race in honor of her mother, Patty (Brennan) McNamara.
In March 2013, at 56, Patty McNamara suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and, as is the case with many brain injuries, she will never be the same, Katie explained.
“In addition to the paralysis to her right side, which restricts her mobility, the aneurysm also affected her speech,” Katie told The Item in 2016. “She suffers from aphasia and, although she is able to comprehend what others are saying, she is unable to articulate her thoughts. There are numerous other things she will never be able to do again — but thanks to all of the support and treatment she has received, she is alive.
“I am running this race for brain injury survivors like my mom who are unable to run themselves,” Katie said. “I hope to raise awareness as well as money for the BIA-MA so that they can continue to help survivors and their families recover from these devastating injuries.”
McNamara said, in addition to the fundraising, the run help raise awareness for brain injuries.
“I enjoy giving back each year, and when I cross the finish line I know that it’s different than other races I do because it has a special meaning for me,” McNamara said. “As a member of team BIA-MA, I have also had the opportunity to meet other…