To the Editor: When the holidays near, we are reminded to be grateful during this giving season. It is the season of giving gifts, of giving time, of giving good will…and most importantly, of giving thanks.
At age 38, I fell ill from a virus that attacked my heart. After receiving a pacemaker and defibrillator and being put on multiple medications, I was put on the transplant list for a new heart. Thanks to my donor and advancements in science and technology, I received a “beating heart transplant.” I was the first in New England to receive an organ through this process.
I am grateful for the advancements in the treatment of heart disease and stroke because of research. We’ve seen transplants become more innovative. We’ve witnessed children saving lives because they’ve learned CPR. We’ve heard the push of making the healthy choice the easy choice for all Americans.
Thank you for the support that you’ve given and for the support you will give as we move forward to a day where heart disease and stroke are no more. And if you are interested in supporting the American Heart Association, consider volunteering, participating at an event or making a donation.