In 2010, my dad died of a massive heart attack at the age of 63. I was on maternity leave with my daughter when this happened. My dad never got to meet her. It was a very difficult time for me and my family to lose someone so quickly and unexpectedly. My grandfather and great-grandfather also died of heart attacks.
Being part of the Heart Walk is important to me to continue to raise funds for research, education and awareness to help save lives and to honor my family members who lost their lives to heart disease.
I have been involved in the Heart Walk since 2005 on a personal and professional level.
The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!