I am walking because in April, 2018, I was admitted to the hospital with Congestive Heart Failure and the Doctor told me I was lucky to be alive. I was in terrible shape and was close to death. I was overweight and could barely walk even a few steps without being out of breath.
Fast forward about 8 months and through the help of doctors and nurses, I went through cardiac rehab and followed their instructions to try to overcome my diagnosis. When I started rehab, I could only walk for 6 minutes at a 30 minute a mile pace. Now, I am working out an hour a day and have already done a 5k walk! I am feeling better than I have in 30 years and am alive and recovering because of the advances in medicine and care for cardiac patients like myself.
But that alone is not the reason. I have been deeply impacted by heart disease. I recently lost my brother to coronary heart disease. While he lived quite a while due to advances in medicine and treatment, there is still a lot more to be learned and that can be done. My mother died when I was 8 from heart disease as well. I want to raise money to give back for everyone who has helped me on my journey as well as to hopefully prevent others from having to experience the pain of losing loved ones prematurely.
Please give what you can and anything you can give is appreciated. And remember, we can't control what happens to us, but we can control what we do about it!
Thanks so much!