Avenging Heart Disease at the AHA Heart Walk
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"This is the 2nd year CustomInk has made team shirts for our heart walk/5k team, My Heart Is A Big Deal. The help and customer service is beyond amazing! That's why we're back. My name is Liz. I'm the one in the red hat and red cape. At the heart walk survivors wear red hats and survivors of congenital heart defects wear red Heart Hero capes. I had open heart surgery in 2010 just 3 months after I was diagnosed with a failing heart that I'd been born with that was causing my heart to enlarge. I had no idea I had been living with heart disease my entire life until I was too weak and too short of breath to climb the stairs in my home. I was very close to death after the surgery and my husband was trying to find the words to tell our 4 children he wasn't bringing me home. It was a tough battle, but I fought and I survived with the care, love, and support of many. I have brought a team to heart walk for 4 years and I was chosen a National Spokeswoman for American Heart Association Go Red For Women in 2011. I've been an active volunteer since. I raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, it does not discriminate and you cannot see it when you look in the mirror. Our shirts were very popular at this year's heart walk, as were last year's. The attention our shirts attract has given us countless opportunities to share my families journey, give others hope and encouragement, and stress the importance of taking care of your heart and recognizing the symptoms of heart disease. This year my little team raised $3800. Next year we hope to double that. Thank you, CustomInk! " - Liz (Jun 01, 2014)
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