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I’m on a Billboard!!

We did it!!! With your help, I completed the Executive Challenge by raising $3000 by June 30th for the American Heart Association's Greater Orlando Heart Walk!!  Thanks to you, the message of heart disease awareness is now being spread throughout Orlando in the form of Clear Channel billboards for the Heart Walk! There are dozens out there. 

Here is a photo courtesy of Clear Channel that AHA sent me. 

I have not seen one of the billboards in person yet, so if you find one, please take a picture and post it with the location so I can go find it! 

Not sure how long they will be up, but the Heart Walk is September 23. 

Thank you again for all of your support!!

Greater Orlando Heart Walk’s Executive Challenge

Because I did so well in raising money (almost $3500) in last year’s Heart Walk, the American Heart Association here in Orlando decided to sign me up for the Executive Challenge this year.  What is the Executive Challenge you might ask?  Well, see the flyer below.

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Even though I am not an “Executive” at my company, I guess my company is large enough for me to qualify to participate.  I’m honored to be entered into this challenge, so I HAVE to meet the goal!  And what better way to get my story out there and to spread the message of heart disease than to be in the Orlando Business Journal and on a Clear Channel billboard!!  It’s a win-win situation for everyone!

So, I accepted the challenge, and even though I was on vacation for 2.5 weeks during this time, I worked hard to send out messaging to friends, family, and colleagues before vacation; and I’ve been working hard to send out messaging this week to hit my goal by the 30th of June, which is this Friday!  I am SO CLOSE!!!!!  As of today, I am $250 away, and I just have to make it.  I can’t believe that each of you has helped me raise so much in such a short amount of time.  It’s almost as much as we raised last year during the entire summer!!

If you are able to donate to this great cause and would like to help me towards my goal by this Friday – or even help me towards my overall goal by the September Heart Walk, you can follow this link to donate to me and my team.  

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Thank you so much.  Every little bit counts and is very much appreciated!!  I am living proof of how far medical research has come and how it is saving lives, and hopefully I will be a further testament to this as I go in this week for my 2nd heart catheterization procedure as a precautionary due to some symptoms I’ve been having. Wish me luck!

#2ndChanceatLifeisWhy

Love,

Kimby <3

Orlando Heart Walk

The 2014 Orlando Heart Walk was a huge success!  I set my goal at $300, and due to the overwhelming generosity of my friends and family, I raised $660!!!!  This surpassed anything I even thought was possible, so I guess I will need to have a higher goal next year!!

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The night before, I made a tshirt to wear.  The front said “Survivor” and the back said “love your heart blog .com”.  I also made a tshirt for my friend to wear that said “I walk for JAG”, which is my team name and purpose.  And, I made a heart bow for my hair.  🙂

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It didn’t seem like there were half as many people at the heart walk this year, which was great for me.  Last year, the crowds were awful and getting onto UCF campus to park was a disaster.  This year, the parking situation was a little better, and I was able to park closer to the festivities, which gave me more energy for the walk.  My parents and a friend met me there.  My dad, also a survivor, had only planned to do the 1 mile walk, but he was determined to do the 3 mile walk that morning!!  I advised him against it, but he had his mind set!

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We walked around and enjoyed the tents, free stuff, free bananas, I signed the heart wall, etc.  One tent was giving away “survivor” hats from AHA.  My dad already had his, so I went to the tent to get mine.  The girl at the tent said, “um, these are only for survivors…”.  And I said, “I am a survivor!”  The other girl at the tent said, “Yeah, didn’t you see her shirt?  It says she’s a survivor!”  I’m sure it was an awkward moment for the girl who judged me.  It’s not the first time I’ve encountered that.  Like my doctor said and I’ve said before…I’m not the face of a heart attack, but it happened to me!  I proudly accepted my survivor hat!

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The walk began at 8am, and it was SOOOOO HOT and humid!!!  I probably drank 3 bottles of water during the walk.  Luckily, there were iced water bottle stops at the 1 and 2 mile markers.  My dad had to stop and rest a couple times throughout the walk, so my friend and I kept going.  It was a leisurely pace, which made the heat a little more bearable.  And before we knew it, we were at the finish line!!  It did not seem like 3.1 to me, but I was so excited that I did it!!  It’s the farthest I’ve walked since my heart attack, and it was a huge milestone (pun intended) for me.  My dad also completed it (not long after I crossed the finish line), and I was SOO excited for him.  I could tell he was very determined and pleased with his achievement!  It’s probably the most he’s ever walked.  LOL.

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After the walk, they had CPR dummies set out on a tarp on the grass and did a couple of training sessions for everyone.  I thought this was a great resource for folks (especially kids), and many people participated.  You didn’t have to do mouth-to-mouth, just compressions.  It made me think that CPR should be something that heart attack survivors and their families should be required to become certified in before leaving the hospital after a heart event.  My mom realized she didn’t know what to do if something ever happened to my dad, so she went to a table where they were demonstrating and explaining to individuals to learn.

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It was still so hot outside (luckily, I finally found a tent that was giving away fans), but I wanted my picture with the “my 65 guy” and my fave show, New Girl (I just got my bangs done).  We left shortly after the finish and went to breakfast at First Watch.  It felt good to indulge (a little) after working so hard and sweating so much.

The rest of the day, I rested on my couch.  I was exhausted from the heat and so proud of all the money I raised for a cause that is so dear to my heart (yep!  pun intended).

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AHA Heart Walk

http://greaterorlandoheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1090256&lis=0&kntae1090256=BAB6F835CB0F4B84AAE94C1C31A59946

I WALK FOR JAG

I participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk in 2013 in memory of my Uncle Edward who suddenly passed away of a massive heart attack a few months earlier.  This year, I walk as a survivor!  But I also walk in his memory and in support of my dad and the rest of his family who suffered from and are still living with heart disease.