When I was 10 years old, my grandpa suffered a fatal heart attack overnight on Christmas Eve. I will always remember that Christmas morning, and how my parents waited until after we finished opening our gifts from Santa and exchanging gifts as a family to share the devastating news with us. Now that I'm a mother, I cannot imagine what they must have been feeling as they sat there, allowing us to experience the joy of Christmas morning, all the while knowing they had to tell us that someone we loved so dearly was gone.
As a child, I was of course devastated by this loss. As an adult, there are so many things I wish he could be here to see. Birthdays, holidays, weddings, great-grandchildren; watching his own children become grandparents; watching his grandchildren grow to become happy, successful adults. He was a World War II veteran, and I wasn't old enough to understand what the world must have been like when he enlisted and served our country. I would love to have a conversation with him about the social and political climate of the U.S. at the time and ask him about the places he deployed during the war. I wish he could meet my husband (I know they would get along SO well) and my children. I hate that my grandma has had to live so much of her life without him by her side. They were inseparable.
My grandpa was 67 years old. He was an active man who walked several miles a day. He wasn't a smoker.
I am running because I want to help support the cause of the AHA- I want to help take steps toward eliminating heart disease and stroke.
I am participating because I know that with every step, I’m making a difference in someone’s life. And when combined with a million other Heart Walk Heroes across the nation, we have an even greater impact toward curing heart disease and stroke. Will you be a Heart Walk Hero with me?
Your donation will fund groundbreaking research that literally keeps hearts beating and helps people have longer, healthier lives.
Have a heart and help me reach my goal today!