Audrey Pearce's Journey
Congenital heart defects affect 1 in 110 babies. Audrey Pearce was one of them. Today, Audrey is a congenital heart disease survivor, heart transplant survivor and cancer survivor. Audrey is also 10 years old.
Carlie Crain's StoryCarlie Crain is a student, softball player, daughter, sister, friend and congenital heart defect survivor. As a result of her condition, Carlie’s heart has to pump twice as hard, she tires easily and suffers from migraines. When her younger brother, Case, was born with a CHD too, the Crain family’s “normal” shifted again to multiple scars and 6 month check-ups x 2. They don’t know what the future holds, it may be a heart transplant or more surgeries, but they know they face it together as a family.
Brandy Wilson's Survivor Story
At 25, Brandy Wilson thought she knew what her future held. She had a wonderful husband and had just given birth to her third child. Standing in her kitchen, watching her toddlers play in the backyard while her newborn slept nearby, it seemed like life was almost perfect. It was at that moment, however, that Brandy’s life changed 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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To schedule an interview with a survivor or American Heart Association staff, contact Julie Lay.