Why We Walk
It's easy for me to say I walk for my father, Oscar Osborne, who had a heart attack at age 34 and survived or for my Grandfather, Richard Martin, who had to have quadruple bypass surgery to survive massive heart failure. However, my true inspiration for Fund Raising and Awareness of the American Heart Association came in 2001 when a close friend of mine had a beautiful baby girl named Sydnie who was born with CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) among other health battles. Sydnie has had to endure multiple surgeries for mere survival and her family has been along for the emotional battle during the 8 years of her life. I walk so that I can help get Sydnie the care that she needs as a child with a condition that relies on new research and products to help children like her survive. This is why I WALK!!
IMAGE: Jodi and Sydnie
I will walk in memory of my dad, Art Noce, who died way too soon of heart disease. He was always very active and, we thought, in good shape, until having his first heart attack at age 60. He was the best dad, and the best grandpa my children could have had.
I walk so that my kids will know their grandfather!
There are a lot of walks out there, many for organizations that I care deeply about and choose to personally support. So often, people ask me, why do you walk for the Heart Association, rather than one of those other walks? The answer is simple -- heart disease has touched me and my family for as long as I can remember! As a little girl, I never knew my paternal grandfather as a man who could walk or talk -- when I was very young, he had a series of strokes and heart attacks which left him unable to speak and wheelchair bound. As genetics would have it, my dad has been treated for heart related issues for most of his adult life, including a heart catherization and stent last year. If it wasn't for the research sponsored by the Heart Association, my children could be in the same situation as I was at a young age. Instead, my children have the opportunity to know their grandfather (my dad) as an active, energetic person. The AHA sponsored research has directly touched our lives! Others in my family too have been touched by heart disease -- my grandmother, my uncle, my husband, my in-laws... all of these individuals have been helped by the research of the Heart Association -- new medications, new procedures. The list is long, and I feel strongly about helping!