I have been involved with the AHA for almost thirty years, as a state board member, a Circle of Red contributor and on the Affiliate Board of Directors. My motivation is my husband who was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy when he was in his 30’s.
At the time, we had three young children under the age of 4 who needed a dad. We were able to experience first-hand the importance of research. My husband took every new medication, experienced every new medical device, and lived 9 months with an L-vad until a heart became available. This May, he hits his 13th anniversary with his new heart. We now know that this disease is hereditary and we have 3 beautiful girls. We need to fund more research to find a cure for this disease. I remain committed to making my voice heard when it comes to funding. I wouldn’t have my husband of 37 years with me today if it weren’t for research funding in the past.