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2018 Montgomery County Heart Walk

The Woodlands, TX


Life is why we walk.

Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!

Date & Time

Check-In 8:00 AM
Starts 9:00 AM
Length of Walk 3 Mile Route


Northshore Park 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
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Melanie Stichler -  MoCo Heart Walk Survivor

SWA MoCo Melanie Stichler
Like many people, I never thought I’d experience cardiac arrest. At age 31, I maintained an active and healthy lifestyle, but after several fainting spells I knew something was wrong. I collapsed one day at the store and that was the start of a long journey.

Bystanders performed CPR and I was rushed to the hospital. My heart couldn’t maintain a steady rhythm and I had to be shocked seven times to restart my heart. I was on a ventilator with no brain function for two weeks. On October 31, 2008, I had surgery to place an internal defibrillator and woke up shortly after.

When I woke up, I couldn’t do anything - couldn’t talk, couldn’t walk, couldn’t eat. I moved to a brain injury rehabilitation hospital and spent two months re-learning basic skills. For the next five years, I continued to re-learn these skills at home. It’s now been 10 years, and this is my first year back in the classroom as a life-skills teacher.

I didn’t have any blockage or typical signs of heart issues. I have Long QT Syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause chaotic and lethal heartbeats. I am blessed to be here and don’t take a single day for granted. I am so grateful that my husband and family stood by me in faith and that God answered their prayers with a miraculous survival and recovery.
My family and I will also be at the Montgomery County Heart Walk on Saturday, November 10th. Thank you for raising funds to help other heart attack survivors like me. We’ll see you at the start line!

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