WHY AM I PARTICIPATING IN ROCK THE RIDE, an indoor cycling event on Sunday, March 10th that raises money to support local stroke and cardiac patients who receive care at St. John's Medical Center and need financial assistance?
On December 29, 2018, as my husband, PK, was being emergency transported from St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson to the University of Utah’s Cardiac ICU, I called Julie Guttormson, the founder and inspiration behind Rock the Ride. In my voicemail I told Julie that the words at the forefront of mind were: “Stroke and cardiac issues can happen at any age. Funds raised through Rock the Ride will help patients who have been blindsided by the cost of this experience recover and thrive.” Julie’s words and her reason for creating Rock the Ride hit home.
“Blindsinded” was the word that stuck. The King family was blindsided. Who would have thought a healthy, 44 year old father, son, husband, and friend would have open-heart surgery and a pacemaker?
The word ‘blindsided’ has started to fade, and the new words we are focused on are ‘recover’ and ‘thrive’. Julie’s Mission for Rock the Ride is to offer aid to families who experience a stroke or cardiac event and receive care at St. John’s. Please consider helping others by donating to my team’s campaign to raise money for the St. John’s Hospital Foundation’s Stroke and Cardiac Fund.
Thanks to the amazing teamwork of physicians collaborating at St. John’s, PK was diagnosed with endocarditis. A strep infection had entered his bone marrow and bloodstream and infected his heart. After 21 days at “The U” receiving antibiotics, a couple valve replacements, and a brand-new fancy Medtron pacer, PK is home and ready to recover and thrive. We were fortunate to have a stellar cardiology team at the U of U and now superb follow up care at St. John’s. We are forever grateful for friends and colleagues in Jackson who helped shuttle the kids and do countless other acts of kindness. Thank you ALL! And thank you for donating to my campaign (The Pacemakers) to help others who are blindsided by a stroke or cardiac event RECOVER AND THRIVE.
The Pacemakers Team: Mary Katherine King, Patrick King, Dave Dussault, and Gov Carrigan. The four of us will ride 4 hours on Sunday, March 10th at Dancers' Workshop to support St. John's Hospital Foundation.