Saving and improving lives can be as simple as taking a walk. And I know I'm making a difference in the lives of others by participating in the Heart Walk.
I’m sure that many of you have had heart disease touch the lives of loved ones or friends in your lives, maybe even yourself. I’ll open up to you about why this is an important cause to me. Maybe you can relate, or maybe you would just be interested in joining the team and walking with me downtown or virtually.
About 2.5 years ago, my stepdad, who is basically the same as my dad, suddenly needed open heart surgery. He’d never had a heart problem in his life. But he did now. He came up with sudden severe mitral valve regurgitation, which left too long will cause death. What would I do without him? It was impossible to imagine. Luckily, after a long but steady recovery, he came out of it just a strong as before. My family got really lucky. Now my mom on the other hand, has had heart problems since birth. She has mitral valve prolapse and a long QT on her ECG, which is part of the wave that indicates a disturbance in the electrical signals…meaning the heart takes a long time to charge between beats and can cause fainting, seizures and death. She had a pacemaker put in when I was 8, after passing out and cracking her head open from fainting. I thought that was the toughest thing I’d ever see and experience, but she did great with the pacemaker for 30 years. Now her condition has worsened in short order; in 6 weeks' time, she has to have the exact same surgery my stepdad had about 2 years ago. So weird! Really, it’s a little terrifying to have both parents need open heart surgery so close to each other…testing the fires so to speak. Heart disease has affected my family outside of my parents, too, quite a bit. I am keeping them in my thoughts as I go through this fundraiser, and when I walk in November. I do hope that these funds will help in some way to further education/research, increase awareness, and provide treatment for those affected by heart disease and stroke who need it. I walk to honor my parents, my family and friends, and your loved ones, too.
Every walker counts. Every donation counts. But it's not just my efforts alone that will one day help us see a world free of heart disease and stroke. I am walking with a team of heart heros because together, we will have an even greater impact. Please consider joining me on this walk to honor those in your life who may be affected. Please join me to raise awareness to keep the children thinking and aware of what to do with heart problems that unfortuately will affect some of them, too, someday. Let's walk together and see how many people we can positively affect. This Heart Walk has two options: you can walk in DC with me, or you can walk at HOME, virtually!! That means no crowds! It is a 3 mile walk - no running. It's not a race. You would be surprised how easily you can do this on flat ground on a closed off street or in the comfort of your home or neighborhood. Contact me for questions/details about walking at home or in DC with me!
If walking is not an option for you, we still need your donation. It will fund groundbreaking research that keeps hearts beating and helps people enjoy longer, healthier lives. I can't do it alone. And you can help us change the world, one step at a time, by donating to my fundraiser.
Please help me now by donating. Because every step counts. And together we are helping save lives!
Have a heart and help me reach my goal today!