Many years ago, I came home from work at Huntsville Hospital to find my stepfather in bed, barely able to breathe, sweating, and asking me to go get him a Primatene inhaler, because his "asthma" was acting up. He had been out clearing the driveway from one of our rare North Alabama snowfalls. I knew he had not had problems with asthma since he was a child. I told him we were going to the hospital or I was calling an ambulance. After arguing with me for way too long, I got him in the car and to the ER. I dropped him at the door, told the guard what was happening, and went to park. By the time I made it inside, Dr. John Hartley was waiting for me. He said, "He's critical, he's going to surgery, you better call the family." It was a scary few days, but the Heart program at Huntsville Hospital saved his life that day.
And the Heart Association materials we were given were invaluable in keeping him on the right track when he got home. Over the years, I have had others in the family with heart disease, and the Heart Association has been a great asset for researching, asking questions and gathering information.
I walk 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?
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Have a heart and help me reach my goal today!