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Predist "Ron" Walker, Jupiter

I finished my running career, went into the Army for two years, and then joined my local Police Department in Newport News, Virginia where I became a member of the SWAT Team and a Field Training Officer. 

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One morning as I was running, I began coughing non-stop and ended up in the hospital with the diagnosis of an enlarged heart (dilated cardio myopathy).  The doctors informed me that I was in need of a heart transplant. Despite my uncertain future, I stayed optimistic as I awaited a transplant.

On October 1, 1988 I received my new heart at the Medical College of Virginia with a promise to my family and doctors that I would keep this heart healthy which I did for 20 years.

In 1997 my family and I moved to Florida, and I jumped back into law enforcement, as a Criminal Investigator for the Public Defender's Office. I still wanted to give back after such life changing circumstances, so I did my first Heart Walk in 1999 in West Palm Beach. Seeing the wealth of information and other survivors of heart disease  made such an impact on me that I became a spokesperson for five of the 15 years I  participated in the walks, talking to the public about heart disease and stroke.  

Once again I became stricken with heart disease. Fortunately, on Easter Sunday - 2008, I received my second heart transplant and another chance at life.  

Ron is a You're the Cure advocate who served on our 2016-2017 Florida Advocacy Committee.  

"I live smarter and a little wiser with the understanding that life is short, live it to the fullest".

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