I've been incredibly fortunate for most of my life - supportive, generous parents, a husband I adore, three amazing children, and a career I love.
January 8, 2019 started as an exciting day. I had a job interview at a company I really wanted to work for, and it felt promising. However, almost as soon as I got out of the interview, I received the worst phone call any parent can receive - the doctors had done their best, but Ceara Marie Regan, my seemingly healthy 21 year old daughter was gone.
Autopsy results showed that our beautiful, spirited girl had an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. None of her coronary arteries were sufficient to carry blood to her heart, and unknown to any of us, she had been living on borrowed time all of her all-too short life.
That call changed the lives of our entire family. Not only did my husband and I lose our oldest, a vibrant, charismatic, ebullient young woman, who was actively pursuing her dream by studying musical theatre, but her younger brother and sister lost their big sister, a true force of nature whom they adored.
I don't want any other familes to get that call. My dream is that no other vibrant, active young people experience immediate cardiac arrest as my Ceara did. That's why I'm participating again in the American Heart Association Heart Walk this year.
Last year, you, my friends and family, supported my efforts on the Heart Walk campaign, and we raised $3000! I remain amazed and touched by your generosity When you donate to my Heart Walk campaign, you get something back that's priceless - satisfaction knowing your donation will help fund research that could cure heart disease and stroke. Do your heart some good and please make a donation today! Help me help other families, so they never have to get that awful call.