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Why We Walk
2020 Fort Worth Heart Walk Digital Experience
On January 29, we lost our father to congestive heart failure. About 17 years ago, he had a stroke and a heart attack. Shortly following, he had his first set of kidney stones. His poor health completely changed his quality of life. He had to retire early from a job that he really enjoyed doing. His diet was up and down. There were times where he stuck to it and other times where he gave in to the foods he loved. While we admonished him and tried to encourage him to eat well, we also treated Dad to the things he liked - roast duck, Big Macs, breakfast tacos. He spent the last several years in pain, and his health progressively got worse.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide and stroke ranks second globally. I consciously ignored this fact that I'd seen so many times on TV and social media until it was too late. I can't go back and change how we approached his care. During his last month here, we tried to give him the best care that we could, hoping to prolong the outcome, despite what the doctors were telling us. The best we can do now, is honor his memory, by improving our own health and hopefully raising awareness to others.
Please join our team and walk with us on September 12 in Fort Worth at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, or donate and help us change this statistic.
The Heart Walk is a time of celebration, joy and inspiration. People unified in support of a single goal: to see a world free of heart disease and stroke.