April Volunteer of the Month
NBCA volunteer Autumn Weary-Burroughs lost her brother to a pulmonary embolism in September 2022.
“Anthony ‘AJ’ Weary, had arthroscopic knee surgery on September 9, 2022. One week later, he was admitted back into the hospital with complications. On the morning of September 30, he collapsed during physical therapy. After hours of CPR, AJ was on life support, fighting for his life and was flown to another hospital. Unfortunately, a blood clot in his lung (pulmonary embolism) is what caused him to collapse. AJ passed away on October 5, 2022, at the age of 30, leaving behind his fiancée and 10-year-old son.”
Anthony was part of the Arby’s family in Pennsylvania for over 10 years and was known for his witty personality and his ability to make anyone laugh in light of any situation.
Autumn inspired over 70 Arby’s locations to unite together and raise funds for the National Blood Clot Alliance in Anthony’s honor. Thanks to Autumn’s efforts, Arby’s presented a check to the National Blood Clot Alliance for $7,000, which will be used to expand life-saving blood clot educational resources and awareness programs.
Autumn hopes that her efforts will help spark a movement, encouraging others to help save lives so other families do not have to endure the pain of losing a loved one. Thank you for your passionate commitment and generosity, Autumn – and congratulations on being named National Blood Clot Alliance Volunteer of the Month.
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