~ The Walk Route will be 3.1 miles ~
The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke — the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. Thank you, our walkers, donors and volunteers who help fight heart disease and stroke. Register Now for Heart Walk.
On December 6, 2014, my family and I were on a vacation in New York City. We were at a restaurant in Time Square getting ready to watch a college football game. We had just gotten settled at our table when I suddenly slumped over. My dad and a friend helped get me to the floor and called for help. Two restaurant guests came over and found I had no pulse. They started doing chest compressions and administering mouth-to-mouth breaths until paramedics arrived.
The paramedics used an automated external defibrillator (AED) and shocked my heart back into rhythm. We later learned I had an undiagnosed heart defect called Long QT Syndrome that can cause dangerous arrhythmias in response to certain medications, stress and exercise. I now have an implanted defibrillator to reduce my risk of having another cardiac event, but otherwise I live a normal, healthy, and full life. The work of the American Heart Association truly saved my life and thousands of others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ~ Brittany
Life is why we walk. 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!
Register Now to make a difference.