When I was a Freshman in High School my dad had what's called an Aortic Dissection. This is where the main artery in your body, your aorta which is about the size of garden hose gets a tear in it. This isn't the most common heart condition, but it also very rare to survive from something like this.
Fast forward now I am almost 28 and my dad has had multiple heart surgeries since then.
My dad, my mom and my family have been through a lot together. Amongst, other things my dad's heart issues have been quite the journey causing many complications to his life. Between the care of his doctors, suregons, nurses and his "at home" nurse, my mom - he has been in incredible hands. Surgeries and techonlogy continues to advance and continues to improve since his first incident back when I was in high school. Thanks to funding from the American Heart Association that funds lifesaving research and life-changing education we get more birthdays, holidays and daily conversations with my dad.
Along this year and a half journey of working at the American Heart Association I have got to meet and interact with many heart survivors of all ages. Old and young, we all have hearts that need taken care of. All of those people are WHY we must continue to take care of our hearts and support others' hearts too.
Please consider joining my team and walking with us. If you can't be there in person please join us and walk or move wherever you are! I appreciate your consideration of donating to my walk team as I have personally seen firsthand how beneficial the support is from people like YOU who continue to power the mission of the American Heart Association. Thank you!