Tucson-based Vascular Surgeon Running 200 Miles to Support the My Leg My Choice Foundation

Dr. Luis Leon Turns Tahoe 200 Endurance Run into Opportunity to Raise PAD Awareness
 
 
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LAFAYETTE, La. - Sept. 3, 2014 - PRLog -- Taking on a 200-mile endurance race is a feat within itself for any runner –  only 73 of 500 applicants were granted entry into the Tahoe 200 Endurance Run. When Luis Leon, MD, laces up his sneakers on September 5, he will be sharing the spotlight with the My Leg My Choice Foundation to raise awareness about the organization’s mission to support peripheral artery disease (PAD) patient education initiatives.

Dr. Leon’s running career dates back to 2001 – when he ran a 5k and was then hooked on the sport. He has completed a number of marathons, but found a connection to ultrarunning because of the required mental endurance. The selection of a career in vascular surgery was a combination of the specialty’s requirement for perfection and his father’s diabetes diagnosis. Poor foot gangrene and poor leg circulation would eventually lead to Dr. Leon performing a revascularization procedure on his own father.

As the newly named chairman of the My Leg My Choice Foundation, Dr. Leon is one of the leaders driving the non-profit organization’s efforts to raise awareness of unnecessary leg amputations by providing education to empower patients, families and caregivers to have a voice in their choice of healthcare options available.  The foundation works to educate patients and their families that have been diagnosed with PAD or are at risk for lower extremity amputations about their options.

The Tucson, Ariz.-based vascular surgeon has found a unique way of raise PAD awareness – dedicating his next ultrarunning endeavor to the cause. He hopes to raise $10,000 for the My Leg My Choice Foundation during his longest-ever race.

Please visit fundly.com/my-leg-my-choice for more about Dr. Leon’s story and learn how to support to his campaign.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.mylegmychoice.org.

For more information on the Tahoe 200 Endurance Run, visit www.tahoe200.com

About the My Leg My Choice Foundation

My Leg My Choice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation committed to educating patients who are at risk for foot, leg or lower leg extremity amputations due to diabetes and/or peripheral artery disease (PAD).  We strive to bring awareness to patients, caregivers and communities about the warning signs of PAD, treatment options, and new technologies available if given the diagnosis or referral for amputation.

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NOT FOR PUBLICATION: For more information about My Leg My Choice or to connect with Dr. Leon, please contact Eleanor Lanza at 904-838-2950 or eleanor.lanza@m3meet.com.

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