Dylan Gallup's Survivor StoryDylan is an athlete, a brother, a son, and a St. Louis Cardinals baseball super-fan. Dylan is also a congenital heart defect survivor. After birth, his parents learned that their son had pulmonary atresia and had been born without a pulmonary valve. Since that diagnosis sixteen years ago, the Gallup Family have become advocates for the research funded by the American Heart Association. They know research is key to Dylan’s future and many other kids, just like Dylan, here in Missouri.
The Rauschenbachs StoryThe Rauschenbachs are no strangers to the American Heart Association. Cheryl and Rob Rauschenbach connected to the organization when their daughter Emily was born with a congenital heart defect. Little did they know that the organization would become even more important to their family when Cheryl suffered a stroke at just 52.
Chad Plein's Survivor StoryIn December, 2015, at age 39, Chad Plein was living the dream. He had a beautiful family, a high-profile career as the sports director at KY-3 and the holiday season was in full swing. What happened next, however, would change his life forever.
The Truth About Heart Disease
- Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide.
- Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than ALL form of cancer COMBINED.
- Stroke(link opens in new window) ranks fifth globally and is a leading cause of severe disability.
- Cardiovascular disease affects one in every three adults.
- Every 40 seconds, an American will have a heart attack.
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