In May 2018, I began feeling intermittent but persistent chest discomfort a few days after running with my 2 daughters at Marina Green / Crissy Field. Visiting my primary care physician a few days later, I was sent to the ER to be cautious but was reassured that it was likely nothing too serious. After additional testing and overnight monitoring, UCSF performed an angiogram and determined that I had advanced heart disease and needed immediate triple by-pass heart surgery.
As this life event came at me and my family so quickly, I had very little time to process what was happening – we needed to be sure that things were covered at home and work with as minimal disruption as possible to our children’s day-to-day lives, but we also didn’t want to burden others. I recall the feeling of helplessness - looking at my 2 girls and thinking what their lives might be like growing up without their dad, while everything around us came to an immediate standstill.
Support from medical experts, family and friends through that difficult period was overwhelming and continues to this day. I walk because I know that with every step, I’m making a difference in someone’s life. And when combined with a million other Heart Walk Heroes across the nation, we have an even greater impact toward curing heart disease and stroke. Will you be a Heart Walk Hero with me?
Your donation will fund groundbreaking research that literally keeps hearts beating and helps people have longer, healthier lives.
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