Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Missouri.

Each year, 14,000 Missourians lose their lives to heart disease. But 80% of heart disease is preventable. Join the #NoMOHeartDisease movement to meet Missouri survivors and learn what you can do to lower your risk of heart disease.  

Dylan's Story

Dylan Gallup's Survivor Story

Dylan 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 Story

The 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 Story

In 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

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Media Info

To schedule an interview with a survivor or American Heart Association staff, contact Julie Lay.