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Malenda McCalister, Kentucky

On October 2008, at just 30- years-old, Malenda McCalister's life changed forever as she collapsed on the living room floor after giving birth to her son just 10 days earlier. 

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She was rushed to the hospital cath lab where they discovered she had suffered from a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). She had a triple bypass and two stents placed, followed by 2 pacemaker/defibrillator surgeries and a lead revision surgery.

Today, Malenda is doing well, raising her two children alongside her husband, Jack, and speaking out wherever she can to raise awareness of SCAD and the need to listen to your body when you know something doesn't feel quite right. She was happy to share her story with her lawmakers on Capitol Hill to illustrate the need to adequately fund the type of research that ultimately saved her life.

Thank you Malenda, for being an outstanding You're the Cure advocate!

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