My dad passed away from a congenital heart defect when I was 18 years old. I was away at college, just starting my second semester, when I got the call that my dad was gone. The next few months, to say the least, were a mix of many emotions. My dad was the rock of my life and living without him was and continues to be a struggle.
Soon after my father's death, I became involved with the American Heart Association, speaking at Heart Balls and serving as a local board member. Although there is nothing I can do to change my family's past, advocating for the Heart Association allows me to change the future for others.