Brenda and Gary Price have been involved with the Rapid City Heart Walk for several years and just recently got involved with our advocacy efforts to ensure our kids are being taught how to do hands-only CPR before they graduate from high school. We sat down with Brenda and Gary and we believe they are folks you should know!
What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
Gary and I got involved with the American Heart Association after Gary had a heart attack in September of 2013. Gary’s heart attack was a life-changing event for both of us.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
We both feel passionately that everyone should learn how to do hands-only CPR. Gary is living proof that CPR saves lives. We were both very supportive of the recent bill to ensure all students are being taught hands-only CPR before they graduate from high school.
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
South Dakota has been working on CPR awareness for several years and last year the American Heart Association and several other partners organized a CPR Flash Mob in the Main Street Square of Rapid City. It was great to see so many people practicing how to do hands-only CPR!
What is your favorite way to be active?
Gary and I both like to get out and walk when the weather permits, and we also visit the gym as often as possible. We like to stay active and take care of our health for our kids and grandkids.
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
It’s easier to name the vegetables that I don’t like! Lima beans would be first on THAT list! My favorite would be asparagus and my favorite fruit is the mango! Fruits and vegetables are a regular part of our heart healthy diet.