With sincere gratitude

Dear Editor:
The holidays are upon us and it is the time of giving. The giving of gifts, the giving of time, the giving of goodwill…and most importantly, the giving of thanks.
As a volunteer, I want to thank every person who has supported the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association. Perhaps it’s a donation, attending a Heart Walk, championing a healthy change or supporting your child in a Jump Rope for Heart program. No matter how you’ve shown support, I want you to know that you have made a difference.
I am the survivor of thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery and I have shared my story for many years in order to inspire others to take charge of their health. Since my surgery, I have lived a very active and healthy lifestyle and have watched my children grow up. I now have a new reason to stay healthy—my granddaughter.
We’ve seen advancements in the treatment of heart disease and strokes because of research. We’ve seen workplaces make a shift toward workplace wellness to support the health of employees. 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. And for me, I’ve embraced my experience to help others live a healthier lifestyle.
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 at www.heart.org/donate.

Janice B. Recca
American Heart Association | American Stroke Association Volunteer

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