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CPR Info and My CPR Anytime Kit

Even though CPR and AED Awareness Week was the first week of June, I think it’s important to be aware year-round. I recently received my CPR Anytime Kit from the American Heart Association, and I wanted to share it with you along with some important information that I received from them. You can get your own CPR Anytime Kit at www.shopheart.org – what a great teaching tool for your family!

Important information about CPR from AHA:

  • Only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.
  • About 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. CPR, especially if performed immediately, could double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
  • Women are also less likely to receive CPR from a bystander. Barriers include fear of legal ramifications and accusations of inappropriate touching.
  • Adult & Child CPR Anytime kits contain everything you need to learn the lifesaving skills of CPR, AED awareness, and choking relief in about 20 minutes in the comfort of your own home. The self-guided training takes you through the steps – all you need to do is practice.
  • You can learn more about CPR and where to find training near you at cpr.heart.org.

Make it a goal this summer to train your family in CPR. You never know when it might be needed and whose life it might save.

This is everything from the kit. The adult dummy is super easy to inflate and quickly deflates to easily pack away.

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!!

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.  

Click here to Donate

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

National Wear Red Day

National Wear Red Day was a success and was fun.  In case you missed it on the Love Your Heart Facebook page, here is a photo!!

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My red converse are about 24 years old and still going strong, love these red jeans (wear them all the time), the red purse is Dooney & Bourke (I’m a huge Dooney fan) from QVC.  My sweater has dogs on it, but I still thought it was perfect to wear…and apparently, the American Heart Association thought so, too, as evidenced in a response to my post on their Facebook page!!  (You have to read it!)

And for those days that aren’t called National Wear Red Day or where I don’t want to wear all red, I now have my #GoRedPin that will match any and everything!!!

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Do you have yours?  If not, it’s very easy to get.  Go to their website and enter your information.  It took a while to receive mine, but I also received a note with mine saying they had a rare glitch or something where they missed a period of time of requests last year.  So you shouldn’t have that problem now.

I’m also looking forward to the day after Valentine’s Day clearance sales.  I’m hoping to find a cute heart scarf or socks or some other cute stuff to add to my “heart accessories” collection.  Hmmm…maybe I’ll just spend that day shopping all day!!!  Any suggestions on where to go?  Who’s selling super cute Valentine’s Day tops, jewelry, accessories?  You better believe I’ll be wearing that stuff year-round!  And you should, too, if you’re a heart disease survivor!!!  HAVE FUN WITH IT!!!  BE HEART PROUD!