Why We Walk
Puget Sound Digital Heart & Stroke Walk Experience
Tony Yerry is my Why!
On July 1st, 2017 my late Boyfriend Tony Yerry was out doing one of his favorite things, hiking. He and his best friend Brian had set out that day to hike and camp on Marmot Pass. After setting up camp, they were making their way to the Summit of Marmott pass when Tony unexpectedly collapsed and suffered a heart attack. Tony, only 28 years old tragically did not survive the heart attack he suffered. We later found he had an underlying heart condition, Hypertrophic and Dilated cardiomyopathy, that caused his heart to have the cardiac arrhythmia that lead to his passing.
The loss of Tony impacted many of us. For me I lost my best friend and boyfriend of 7 1/2 years. Our future we had excitedly talked about was taken away in that moment as well as the persom who knew me sometimes better than I knew myself. It's been over 3 year since we lost Tony and his impact if still felt and always will by those that had the opportunity to meet him and even those who were unable to.
There will never be enough money to bring back Tony, however I know that if I can impact and help one person not lose their loved one based on the programs, education and mission of the AHA, that is enough for me.
Although Tony only had 28 short years with us, he was a true example of someone who lived with an uncommon authenticity and kindheartedness.
Please join me for the Heart 2020 Virtual Heart Walk as a walk participate! You can also participate by helping us raise money and meeting our team goal in the name of our amazing Tony!
Join me in supporting the American Heart Association!
Thank you in advance for your support!
~ Ana Reyes