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What is the Heart Walk Celebrating in 2018?

The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year!  Can you believe it?  25 years!!!

I was honored to be invited to a kick-off event for the 2018 Orlando Heart Walk recently with some of the Executive Champions that I shared a billboard with last year for reaching a specified fundraising goal by a designated date to kick-off the 2017 Heart Walk.

This year, that goal has been raised to $5000!!!  Not sure if I’ll get to be on a billboard again to help promote the Heart Walk if I reach the goal, but I am definitely going to make every effort to reach EACH OF YOU to raise this money; so start putting aside some dollars now!  I will post my team and donation link in a couple weeks to get the fundraising ball going!  Everyone was so wonderful and giving in your support of the Heart Walk last year (even if you couldn’t be there to walk), you helped me surpass my goal.  I can’t do this without all of you, so who’s with me?!? 🙂

I wanted to put a few things in perspective on this post since it has been 25 years since the Heart Walk started – to show you how far your dollars have come in making a difference over the years.

This is relevant because I’m sure Jurassic Park got your hearts racing 25 years ago, and now it’s come back full circle with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom coming out this summer to get your hearts racing again! I feel old! eeekkk!

 

If you smoke, stop! And don’t be around smokers. Second-hand smoke is even worse. When I had my heart attack, the first questions the doctor asked me in ICU were if I smoked, if I EVER smoked, or if I was ever around smokers. My answer was “no” to all three.

 

This is direct proof that research dollars are getting put to good use!

 

Wow! We’ve come a long way! Think of how many lives can be saved over the next 25 years with your donations!

 

Take a moment to think about what these signs will read  in the next 25 years with even more donations for research for heart disease and stroke!  It really puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

During the event, we also celebrated our Heart Walk Ambassador, Zane!  He was there with his parents.  Zane was a little shy and didn’t want to speak, so his mom shared his story.  Here’s his very own sign displayed at the event.  What a brave young boy!

 

And here I will leave you with the mission statement and impact goal (even though it is only 2 years away, not 25).  

 

I hope you found this helpful and are getting as excited about the 2018 Orlando Heart Walk as I am…even if you can’t walk and you can only donate…you are doing something good.  Take it from me, a heart attack survivor.  Look for upcoming communication from me with additional information on how to donate towards my $5000 goal or to join my team.  Every dollar counts!

The 2018 Orlando Heart Walk will be held at UCF Memory Mall on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

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!!

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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