Why do I walk?
This event is important to me, because it helps fund life saving advancements to heart disease. Everyone in their life either has been impacted or knows someone who has been impacted by heart related issues. In my life's journey these impacts have been both positive and life changing negative. I have known many people who were saved from heart attacks by having simple heart surgeries, valve replacements, and other heart health improving medical procedures. None of those procedures would be possible without the medical research that got them approved for use. My husband's aunt received a heart transplant that allowed her to have more than an additional 20 wonderful years with our family. Family friends have received new artifical or animal heart valves, which returned their quality of life. A friend's baby has had multiple heart surgies and eventually a heart transplant because he was born with half a heart! He's growing like a weed and a happy health child because of those medical advances! However, there is still more to learn and do. Heart education is key. My own struggles occurred in late 2020 when my 35 year old husband passed away from undiagnosed pancreatist which lead to a massive heart attack. We knew the basic signs of a heart attack but not the sneaky ones, not the uncommon ones. American Heart Association does more than just research, they help educate. Education is power. I walk so that others may not have to loose that loved one like I did. I walk to honor my husband and all those I know who have been saved by heart health advances. Please donate if you believe in this cause. Thank you!
Results from the Moment You Give
What will your donation do? I'm glad you asked. Every donation will help create big science, like science that created the artificial heart valve. The moment you contribute to the Heart Walk, you are contributing to, witnessing, and progressing lifesaving science. Lives can't be saved without you. Will you donate today?