Best Wishes in Retirement, Julie!
After 31 years of service to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, it is bittersweet that we announce that Julie Brackett, Vice President of Advocacy for the Great Rivers Affiliate, retired on August 3rd.
hero_image_alt_text===julie and joe
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Jeff Backus, Survivor-Advocate
My name is Jeff Backus. When I was 40, I had my first heart attack. At the time I weighed 450 pounds. Three years later, I had to have five stents. Through surgery, diet and exercise, I lost 150 lbs. In September 2012, a stent collapsed and I had another heart attack.
hero_image_alt_text===Jeff Backus and wife
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Dawn Wigginton, Kentucky
Our daughter, Kolee, loves the water! During the summer it’s nothing for her to swim every day for hours at a time. With that being said, someone is always with her, but not always standing over her, watching her do her “tricks.”
hero_image_alt_text===Wigginton Family on a boat
thumbnail_alt_text===Wigginton Family on a boat
The Colliers, Kentucky
Six years ago, we had our fifth child, who was born with 4 congenital heart defects. Finn was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries, pulmonary stenosis, tricuspid valve regurgitation, and a very large ventricular septal defect. He had his first open heart surgery at 5 days old.
hero_image_alt_text===The Collier Family
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Meet Brian Gardner, Survivor
It would be an understatement to say that the past ten months of my life has been an interesting journey. On July 8th 2016, I suffered a pretty significant stroke.
hero_image_alt_text===Brian Gardner photo
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Francine Bednar, Survivor
I’m Francine Bednar, I’m 38-years-old and this is my story. Heart disease came my way in February 2008. My arm started going numb. I couldn’t hold a paper steady. I couldn’t catch my breath. I took Ibuprofen and went to lie down in bed, but by the time I got there I could barely talk and breathe.
Trenton Fryman, Kentucky
For more than a year, North Oldham High School Class of 2016 senior, Trenton Fryman, has been an outspoken advocate for training students in CPR. Thanks in part to his dedication, this past March, Kentucky became the 29th state to pass legislation that will ensure all students learn this lifesaving skill.
bottom_action===Trenton Fryman and Tonya Chang<br
Carmen Thompson, Kentucky
Frankfort, Kentucky resident, Carmen Thompson, is 66 years young. So when she suffered a stroke December of last year, she didn’t believe it was happening to her.
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A Story from the Heart: Anne and Cade Lindsey, Kentucky
The heart. It is our life force. The rhythmic pulse with which our bodies are oxygenated and cleansed.
Charlotte and Rachel Richey, Kentucky
On May 28, 2015, four-year-old Charlotte was diagnosed with an electrical heart condition called Catecholarminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPMVT). The diagnosis came after she had two incidents in which she lost consciousness and had to have CPR performed to save her life.