In my life, I've always been the loudest, most zany, and wacky person around. Ask my husband, my parents, my colleagues...
When I lost my Grandmother in 2012, I lost my role model for putting myself 'out there' despite the world's expectations or societal judgement.
Joyce was sharp, engaging, and unapolegetically herself. She lived her whole life with heart conditions (congenital & heart disease), yet it was still a shock to me when she passed. I was in my early 20's, and it was then I learned that 'livliness' of personality indicates little about one's overall health. Those who 'appear' the healthiest may have unknown or undiagnosed heart disease.
I’ve lost many family and friends to heart disease, and personally believe detection as early as possible is how we can prevent unexpected loss and pain in our lives.
I want to encourage people to take care of themselves, and listen to their bodies, to advocate for their own health.
If you feel the same, and want to help my team fundraise, collaborate; and if able - Donate some funds yourself!
I challenge you to fundraise for the AHA as if your own heart-health depended on it. Take this time to advocate for heart health to your friends and family, and encourage them to donate!
Where I work, at Medtronic Cardiovascular, we know very well the criticality of caring for your heart and vascular systems. Many of our Patient Stories involve people with heart disease who didn't even know it until medical intervention was necessary. Despite being the leading cause of death in the U.S., many of us think "it won't be me". Check out this short video (3 min) about Tom's story of heart health, and how we can all work to avoid surprises by educating and advocating for ourselves.
With every step of the Heart Walk, I’m making a difference in someone’s life. When combined with a million other Heart Walk Heroes across the nation, we have an even greater impact toward curing heart disease and stroke.
Your donation will fund groundbreaking research that literally keeps hearts beating and helps people have longer, healthier lives.