Being chosen to run for the American Heart Association is a tremendous honor. Many people have inspiring stories about family members and friends that have overcome heart conditions. I would like to share my story with you. In 1978, I was diagnosed with Bacterial Endocarditis at the age of 17. During my six weeks in the hospital, I spent much of the time confined to bed and I was on the list for emergency surgery. This bacterial infection found a small defect on my mitral valve and severely damaged my mitral valve. Five years later, my cardiologist recommended that my mitral valve be replaced with an artificial valve. The surgery was scheduled for August 15, 1985. Fortunately the surgery was a success. Since that time I have been very healthy. I do suffer from Atrial Fibrillation as a result of my surgery and am on a blood thinner. Fortunately, I am able to lead a very active life. I have run eleven marathons and am greatly looking forward to running the Chicago Marathon for the American Heart Association. What makes this event even more special is the date of the Chicago Marathon is my birthday. Together we can support this worthy organization that is committed to improving the lives of those who are affected by cardiac problems. Thank you for your donation to the American Heart Association.
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