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Heart Disease Survivor, Jen

Jen went from having a baby to being on life support. With the help of the American Heart Association, she is here to watch her kids grow up. That’s why it’s personal.

Survivor Spotlight: Jen

Shortly after giving birth, Jen couldn’t breathe. She had no previous heart issues.

Jen Rohe, heart disease survivor with baby postpartum

“The breaking point came when I was trying to walk up just one flight of stairs at our house. I couldn’t make it. That’s when we decided to go to the hospital.”

She is rushed to emergency room, and it’s discovered she needs a heart transplant.

Jen Rohe, heart disease survivor in hospital bed postpartum

“When I received my diagnosis, it was a big shock. I was instantly worried about my family and my kids — what was going to happen to them.”

Her treatment plan was based on research funded by the AHA.

Jen Rohe and her family in an outdoor portrait

“I am very grateful for my heart donor and their family. I am very thankful for the American Heart Association. I am grateful for every day that I get.”

The Impact of the American Heart Association

Every dollar you give helps save lives through:

  • Innovative research and medical breakthroughs such as the artificial heart valve
  • Improving quality of care in hospitals in your community
  • Training of more than 22 million people annually in lifesaving CPR
  • Education that helps people prevent, detect and treat high blood pressure
  • Instilling heart-healthy lifestyle for more than 20 million children at 30,000 schools each year

She’s still here—and gets to be mom.

“I’m really glad I’m here to take care of my children and be with them every day.”

— Jen, heart disease survivor

Benefits of Becoming a Monthly Donor

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Early access to new research and guidelines for living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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Exclusive quarterly impact report delivered to your inbox.

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Special invitations to conversations with AHA leadership and experts.

The American Heart Association helped save my life.

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