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Educate your heart!

Friday, February 01, 2013

I have been an active supporter of the American Heart Association (AHA) for the last 3 years. This will be the 4th and 2nd time I have completed the 5k walk. Thought my pictures were here but they are at home.

Although there are lots of non-profit walks and runs, I prefer to do mine for a cause. I think because when I tell people I will walk if they help me raise money, I feel more obligated to follow through. When I finished the first one, I sent my supporters pictures of me at the finish line. In 2011, I had back surgery and could not walk so I did not fund raise. In 2012, I was a supporter.

I wanted to post this blog today as it is wear red for women day at AHA.

Below is the link to educate yourselves on what AHA does and on the various heart diseases as well.

I walk for many people but wanted to list the women I walk for here:

Mom, suffered from heart & stroke disease, passed in 2008, 78 [know you're in heaven where you are happier]
Carey, niece, 34, POTS
Macey, great niece, 11, diagnosed with neurocardiosyncopy at age 6
Chloe, great niece, 9, diagnosed with neurocardiosyncopy at age 6
MrsWhiteWolf, Nadine, fellow sparker & community AHA spokesperson

For the men in my life, just can't pass by without honoring them also:

Grandpa Doering, pacemaker, passed at 79 (?)
Grandpa Harrold, stroke, passed at 67 (?)
Father, heart and cholesterol, passed at 49 [still miss you daddy!]
Uncle Tom, quad bypass, 2007, 66
Ralph, dearest Husband, triple bypass, Feb 27, 2008
Hod, Brother, triple bypass, March 12, 2008
Richard Brookins, cousin, triple bypass, 2009

The tears I weep for all of you as I type are tears of love and joy. Joy for times remembered of those who have gone on. Joy for those who have benefitted from research and survived surgery. Joy for the youg ones who were diagnosed early and are living healthier lives to live longer. Love for each and every one of you. Joy for all those who work tirelessly to improve heart health in any manner!

This is a picture of my young nieces at about the age they were diagnosed with CPS.

I am walking March 17, 2013. I am hopeful my dear husband will be able to join me. If you are interested in more details on events or other info, please spmail me.

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    2994 days ago
    It just tickles me pink to hear of folks like you who work so hard on behalf of others in need. I know I found it so fulfilling to train for running events on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and to be able to donate money to such a great cause. I can really tell you care about the Heart Association and the work they do, and that you care so much about those in your life who have been affected by heart disease.

    2998 days ago
    emoticon I wore red today, too, and changed my SparkPage to show my support. I have Diastolic Heart Failure, so it's a cause dear to me. emoticon
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    I usually do Cancer as that is what has caused my losses. Heart is a great cause too! Thanks for the info.
    2998 days ago
    I usually walk for causes too, but usually something to do with children (abused, fostered, etc). Glad to see your plans to walk for heart health. It's so heartbreaking seeing how many people you personally know who have been affected by it. I'm getting all emotional... emoticon
    2998 days ago
    Thank you for this informative and excellent blog. I wore red today. emoticon
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    I also believe in walking for causes. All the 5K's I do have some charity involved. We normally do the AHA walk for Orange County through Dave's work. This year we had to pass though because of the on-line donation requirement... we just couldn't get it together to get on the website and get donations posted there. Most people want to give me check or cash. sigh.

    What a great tribute to those you love.
    2998 days ago
    This is a beautiful post. I'm glad you shared it with us. You are inspiring!
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    Good for you! I believe in walking for causes also. I have walked in 5Ks for diabetes, as that is a major health issue in my family. However, so is heart disease and I have lost several loved ones due to this #1 killer. My goal is to do more 5K's this year and I think I will add heart disease to one of my causes. Thanks for your inspiration! Are you wearing red today? National Heart Assn day! emoticon
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    Proudly wearing red today! Thank you for your post! emoticon
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