Our son David did not survive the effects of aortic stenosis, a congenital heart defect.
I'm walking to honor his memory, and I am also honoring the memory of both of my parents, Blanche and Irv Cohen, who died in that same five year time period, as a result of stroke and heart disease. Additionally, In January of 2016, my husband had a heart attack, (LAD artery 100% blocked, among other blockages) which damaged his heart, but he survived, due to procedures developed through research the American Heart Association has been raising funds for, thanks to supporters like you.
Thank you in advance for your consideration to support my fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Heart Association. If you’ve previously donated, I thank you, and ask you to please consider repeating your generosity.
On Saturday, November 7, 2020, I will be leading Team Cohen Azzinaro Associates, LLC in its first year in the Heart Walk (For the past 21 years, I had been Team Captain of Team NEWH/The Hospitality Industry Network for NEWH's DC Metro Chapter, prior to the team disbanding.
I will be walking for those I love, including our wonderful and healthy daughters, Sarah and Rachel, my heart attack-surviving husband, Lew, and to honor the memory of those I've lost, most profoundly, our son.
Your support will help fund the medical research that will lead to new and better ways to treat cardiovascular diseases in children and adults, and will help others like David and his grandparents live long and healthy lives.
In David's entire six weeks in pediatric intensive care, there was only one day when he was stable enough for the medical team to place him in my arms (pictured), a complicated procedure, due to the extensive life support he was on.
I held him only once after that, on December 11, 1995, when he was placed in my arms for the last time.
It’s been 25 years, but often it still feels like yesterday to me. Please help me in my efforts to support the American Heart Association.
From the heart,