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Bert and Brenda Carey, Massachusetts

Many spouses watch television together. Many longtime married couples travel or go to the theater or play golf or take the grandkids swimming. Brenda and Bert Carey have a different kind of special bond. How many wives and husbands can...

Share Your Story: Debra and Christopher Bader

Debra and Christopher Bader Massachusetts Debra Bader was taking a walk in the woods with her 53-year-old husband Chris one morning when suddenly he collapsed. At first she thought the situation was hopeless. "I looked at him and said, 'He's...

John and Luann Ellsessar, Massachusetts

Michael wore No.99 on his football jersey, but his parents would say that he was No. 1 in their hearts. Michael loved all sports, playing football in the fall, track and field in the spring, but his passion was hockey...

Stephen Cook, New York

Dr. Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, is dual trained in pediatric and adult-internal medicine. After completing his residency and a chief resident year in Buffalo NY, he joined the Golisano Children's Hospital at URMC in 2001. He completed an academic pediatric...

Joe and Olivia Quigley, Massachusetts

More than two-dozen first-graders were squealing and bouncing balls on a mid-February morning in the gym at a school in Boston when 6-year-old Olivia suddenly collapsed. No one saw it coming. The little girl with the strawberry blonde hair and...

Michelle Johnston, Vermont

I'm alive because my husband knew CPR. Shelburne resident, and cardiac arrest survivor Michelle Johnston suffered sudden cardiac arrest in October 2009 and was saved by her husband.  But that is not the end of her story. As an advocate in...

Share Your Story: Tommy Watson

Tommy Watson Williston,Vermont Fourteen year old Tommy Watson is making a difference. He’s already trained more than 500 people in Hands-only CPR, including the Governor and Lt. Governor.  And he worked hand in hand with the American Heart Association, testifying before...

Share Your Story: Bill Hathaway

Bill Hathaway Bennington, Vermont Bill Hathaway is the Director of Bennington Rescue.  He’s a passionate advocate on stroke and Chain of Survival issues, serves on the AHA’s advocacy committee in Vermont and played an instrumental role in the passage of...

Lisa Deck, Rhode Island & Massachusetts

My name is Lisa Deck. Most people I encounter don’t know that I am a three time stroke survivor. My first stroke occurred when I was just 21 years old, one week before my college graduation. Most of my friends...

Robert Zimmerman, New Jersey

Pitman Police Chief Robert Zimmerman believed himself to be a healthy 46 year old: he doesn’t smoke or have diabetes and he had normal blood pressure. He did have a history of high cholesterol, but that had been addressed years...