Heart Disease Runs in the Family

The cold weather isn’t stopping Warren Ferris from getting ready to run the Boston Marathon® with Team Lahey. “Running the marathon has been a longtime goal of mine,” he explained. While Warren trains, he is also working to raise money for a cause close to his heart at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: The Landsman Cardiovascular Center.

“What’s important about that is they support not only the surgical procedures, they help people with cardiovascular disease,” Warren said. “That’s important to me and my family because my father’s side of the family —  and even my mother’s side — has a long history of heart disease. My mother, actually, one year ago, had surgery to repair a valve in her heart, so I know the impact this kind of research and these kinds of procedures can have.”

Luckily for Warren, his good friend from high school in Salem, New Hampshire, T.J. Dye, is his training partner. They help each other make it through the cold training runs.

“We grew up, went to school together, we’ve known each other forever, pretty much,” T.J. said. “Through college and everything, we just got closer and closer.”

Their close friendship motivates them to keep training. “It really keeps you on schedule,” Warren said. “It’s something where, if you wake up in the morning and don’t feel like going for a run, but you’ve already planned something that day, you have to get up and go.”

Each cold morning, Warren remembers why he is outside, training. “I think it’s not only a lifetime goal for me, but it’s an opportunity to give to something really important to myself and my family.”