BENEFITING: American Heart Association
ORGANIZER: The Careys
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
ABOUT ME: I am a student, avid reader, and active community volunteer. I am the real deal “coal-miner’s daughter” from WV who moved around a lot working in the banking business. My mother and I spent a lot of time when I was a child helping out the less fortunate in our area by visiting and spending time with people. She instilled within me the importance of helping others around you.
I am a runner for just over a year and being the enthusiastic reader that I am when I find a new interest, I came across an inspiring book, Barefoot in November, written by a man who had ran the NYC marathon exactly one year after having open heart surgery. That man was Benjamin Carey. I instantly struck a connection with the author and his need to help inspire others to do the same as he had done. My grandmother died from congestive heart failure and my grandfather suffered from multiple heart attacks. My father, too, suffered from several heart attacks in his early forties. He has since made some lifestyle changes that have given him an excellent bill of heart health this year.
I, myself, had my own brush with death 2 years ago which had led me on a path to a healthier happier lifestyle. Having that experience made life so much more precious in every moment that I have here. I started running for my life, literally. I have since moved back to my home state that ranks #1 in heart disease in the country with a 10.40% share of the population having heart disease. Here I am actively involved in the community by promoting the importance of nutrition, physical activity & literacy. I also am working on my BSA in Biology/Pre-Medical studies. It was through my volunteer work at The Bowery Mission in NYC that I realized the need for a career change more suited to my passions of helping others.
Please help me in my cause to raise awareness of heart disease by clicking on DONATE button in orange at the top right of my page. My minimum fundraising goal is to raise $100, 35 times! Every dollar gets me closer. I know that we can do this together and you can rest easy knowing you are contributing to a cause that is close to all of our hearts. As I can guess that there is not one of us, especially in WV, that have not been hurt or affected by heart disease.
Thank you ahead of time for your love, support & contribution!
The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.
Our Team is full of people with inspiring, bittersweet stories. We and our families are excited to be raising money for the American Heart Association.
Team Heartosaurus is a global network of individuals collectively driven to increase awareness of the many aspects of heart disease, and who embody a "live life to it's fullest" attitude. We are fighters, and pillars of strength. We are always looking for patients, doctors, family members and others who share this common bond, to join the team.
Team members compete in runs. triathlons, cycling, and marathons. Others simply sport the iconic jerseys as a sign of their belonging. You don't have to be an athlete to be on the team, you just need to be a Heartosaurus.
Heartosaurus: noun [heart-o-sau-rus] 1. An inspiring online reference for open heart surgery patients. 2. A heart patient with an inextinguishable desire not merely to survive, but to live life to its fullest. 3. A doctor, caregiver, or anyone who makes a profound difference to the cause.