Almost 9 years ago when we were in college my now husband, Justin, was out jogging and unexpectedly collapsed on the street. He was 22 years old, and with no warning, he went into cardiac arrest during the middle of his run. His savior, a local nursing student, performed CPR on him until the emergency crew arrived (that's no easy feat). They revived him multiple times and eventually put him into a medically-induced coma using state-of-the-art technology to reduce potential brain damage.
Justin's family, friends, and I still have nightmares about that day, but we've chosen to move forward and celebrate Justin's life, instead of thinking about what could have happened to him. He is lucky to be alive and we owe it all to CPR training and awareness, innovative research and technology, and the incredible physicians and hospitals in our communities.
The research AHA has funded is helping people survive heart disease and stroke. They're living longer and enjoying a better quality of life, thanks to new treatments, prevention strategies and a deeper understanding of these diseases. Justin is with us today because of this amazing organization.
Please take a moment to read Justin's story in Men's Health Magazine below (I know it's long, but it's incredibly well-written and so worth the read). If you are able to help me reach my goal of $3,000 by sharing or donating to my campaign, I would be so grateful. Thank you all!