Walk to Stop the Clot: Employee Volunteers After Losing Brother

Lisa Scott has been volunteering her time and energy to the Stop the Clot Walk for four years. For her, the cause is personal. The UnitedHealthcare employee works tirelessly to raise money and awareness in honor of her brother, Michael Scott, who passed away from an undetected blood clot in 2013 at the age of 43.

“This project is extremely important to me, my family and Michael’s friends because bringing awareness of this disease can prevent the untimely death of thousands of people a year,” Lisa said. “An estimated 274 Americans die each day of a blood clot. I wasn’t able to save my brother, but I am hoping we can save someone else’s loved one.” 

The Stop the Clot Walk raises money for the National Blood Clot Alliance, a nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and clot-provoked stroke.

On June 1, Lisa, along with other UnitedHealthcare employees, family and friends, gathered at Foley Square in lower Manhattan. They trudged the Brooklyn Bridge in honor of her brother, and others who died from blood clots. Together the team was able to raise more than $16,000 towards the cause, with funds still accumulating.

After the walk, Lisa and her family hosted a cookout in Brooklyn Bridge Park. They spent time talking about Michael and honoring his memory. Lisa said she can’t express how much it means to her to have the support of all those around her.

“To have the support of family, friends and coworkers means the world to me,” Lisa said. “I know Michel would be proud.”