MY FAMILY IS WHY
In April 2014, I experienced a sudden cardiac arrest. I lost consciousness on five seperate occasions, before EMS and ER used an Automated Defibrillater (AED) device to restart my heart each time. In the days to follow, I underwent an emergency heart catheterization, five bypass surgeries and recieved an implantable pacemaker/defibrillator, which monitors for dangerous heart rythms and shocks me if needed.
Cardiovascular disease has greatly impacted my family, I lost two brothers, both at age 40, with heart disease and my mother and sister both experienced successful by-pass surgeries.
As you can imagine, the AHA has a very special place in my heart and is a large reason for my survival and in keeping our family together. I enjoy working with the outstanding professionals at the AHA in helping build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. y wife, Lesa and I deeply appreciate your thoughtful consideration and genrous gift of support to this important life-saving cause.
Life is fragile, and a cardiac emergency can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and at any age. We thank you for the opportunity to share comments from a grateful "survivor" as a result of the CPR training provided by the American Heart Association.
With Heartfelt Thanks!
Terry and Lesa Lewis