Let’s Start with my “Why”:
I run in the Heart Walk & Run because my dad had a heart attack last April. In the midst of a global pandemic, my mom dropped my dad off at the hospital at 5:30am with no one allowed to visit until he returned home. Seriously, it was awful. He immediately had 2 stents put in that morning and was left alone to recover. I run because my dad knew the signs of a heart attack and spoke up about his symptoms but only because I had been preaching about them for work. He got lucky this time. I also run because raising awareness about how heart attacks affect men and women differently is incredibly important to me.
As a young woman my signs of a stroke or heart attack are different than my dad’s. Do you know your signs? I run to show my dad the support he needs is right here in his community—in his family. It’s been over a year and recovery has still been difficult but knowing the American Heart Association raises awareness and prevention for others, is why I participate. -Deanna Colombo, ’21 Heart Walk Runner