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Re: [FoFDallas] Dallas Heart Walk

From: David
Sent on: Friday, September 2, 2011 8:37 PM

I wish I could walk too, but my own heart condition makes that impossible.  I wish I could contribute too, but being on disability for my heart makes that also difficult.  I hope this works out well!  It's great to see FoF doing this kind of thing!

David Burgess

-----Original Message-----
From: Zachary Moore <[address removed]>
To: FoFDallas-list <[address removed]>
Sent: Fri, Sep 2,[masked]:09 pm
Subject: [FoFDallas] Dallas Heart Walk

On behalf of Whitney Ford and Alix Jules, I'd like to invite you to participate with the FoFDallas in the Dallas Heart Walk on Saturday, September 10th, starting at 8:15AM at Victory Park in Dallas.

Unfortunately, too many of us have loved ones affected by heart disease or stroke. Both Whitney and Alix have suffered from heart disease, and are asking for your help to raise funds.

Whitney Ford – FoFDallas Social Director
“While I am happy to have a healthy heart it wasn't always that way. I was born with a hole in my heart which was surgically repaired when I was just a toddler.  The condition causes the oxygenated and deoxygenated blood to mix and I was told it sounded like a washing machine through the stethoscope.  I was not even three years old but understood that my condition meant I could die; and knew that death was permanently going away. Thanks to skilled surgeons and access to quality health care I am alive and well today with only a scar and irregular ekg leftover from surgery.  Research done since my surgery has lead to arthroscopic methods of achieving the same repair work, meaning kids with hole in their hearts today don’t have to be cut open for repair.  While not their most known cause, AHA helps to create better care for kids who were born in need of repair by supporting research for congenital heart defects and providing information to parents who serve as caregivers to affected children.  And that is just one reason why I’m happy to support the AHA at a Heart Walk participant.” 

Alix Jules – FoFDallas Historian / DFWCoR Co-Coordinator
“I had three children and a wife dependent on me and there I lay counting the beats, watching the EKG dance irregularly, and listening to doctors argue whether to take a needle to my chest now, cut me open later, or hope that the meds work instead.  I was in my early 30’s and the youngest on the death ward. I watched my wife cry, held my youngest daughter in my arms while I lay gasping for breath.”
“After years of stress at work, I thought I was having a heart attack but instead they found an enlarged heart, acute pericarditis, cardiac tamponade, and multiple lung effusions. It was like breathing with a dagger plowed into your chest with the assailant still laying on top. It makes you want to stop breathing. It makes you want to rip your own heart out. After months of intense medications, help of good doctors, and supportive family, I found my new normal (which included over 30 pounds excess and various other more "minor" issues that intermittently make unwelcome appearances). Loved the doctors - hated the meds - but I'm alive.” 
Alix and Whitney have set up a $500 goal to raise funds that are needed for heart disease, stroke research, and education. You can help us raise funds and protect those we love by making a donation online.
Click on the link below to visit where you can make a secure online credit card donation. The American Heart Association's online fundraising website has a minimum donation amount of just $25. If you prefer a smaller amount, you can do so by sending a check directly to either Whitney Ford or Alix Jules.

Your donation will make a difference in the fight against our nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers-heart disease and stroke.
You can sign up for the "Fellowship of Freethought" team on the Heart Walk website here:

Thank you for your support!

Zachary Moore, PhD
Executive Director
Fellowship of Freethought Dallas
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