By Guest Bloggers: Mia and Fred Carella
Many people ask us why? Why do we support the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association?
The answer is simple: our ‘why’ is Evalyn.
Born with a congenital heart defect, our daughter had already undergone two open heart surgeries, three cardiac catheterizations, a stent placement and countless other tests and procedures by the time she was two years old.
But today, thanks to research and medical advancements, we get to run and play with our beautiful four year old who is getting ready to become a big sister. And we know, had it not been for the work of the American Heart Association, that there is a chance that Evalyn would not be here with us today.
It’s our hope that no other parents experience the devastating news of hearing that their child has a heart issue. That’s why we support the American Heart Association—in an effort to create a world in which all babies are born with perfect hearts.
Our family has participated in the Greater Mercer County Heart Walk for the past three years as a way of honoring and celebrating Evalyn and her bravery as she overcomes her heart disease. As mentioned, Evalyn is preparing to become a big sister and we are excited to share the due date for Evalyn’s baby brother is September 13th; the same day as the Heart Walk! Depending on his arrival plans, we will be there again celebrating our daughter and everyone else battling heart disease and stroke. We hope you will join Team Evalyn and take a walk – for your own heart, as well as for all the Heart Heroes like Evalyn who are fighting every day for their own heart health.
Everyone has a ‘why’.
Everyone has a reason to have a healthy heart.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.