American Heart Association Heart Walk
Join Us to Celebrate Heart Health & Bring Back the American Heart Association Heart Walk to Osceola County!
The American Heart Association and Osceola Regional Medical Center have partnered to bring back the Greater Osceola Heart Walk to Osceola County. The event will be hosted by Osceola Regional Medical Center at their grounds on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Festivities will start at 7:00 am and the 2.96 mile walk through Downtown Kissimmee will start at 8:00 am.
Spokesperson and recent heart attack survivor Frank Rodriguez will be present at the event to share his inspirational story.
The community is invited to celebrate heart health and show their support.
What: 2.96 Mile Walk
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 7 am Festivities | 8 am Walk
Where: Starts at Osceola Regional Medical Center to Downtown Kissimmee ending at the hospital
Come Celebrate and Show Support!
American Heart Association reps will be present to collect funds raised towards the Greater Orlando Heart Walk and the American Heart Association.
To add your company or team as a participating group, visit http://GreaterOrlandoHeartWalk.kintera.org/GreaterOsceola
Visit our calendar of events to place in your Outlook.
View the bilingual flyer (English and Spanish) for the event.
2012 Greater Osceola Heart Walk
Heart Attack Survivor
Frank Rodriguez was a health-conscious, active 42-year old man who was in his 18th year of service as a fireman. But on January 4th, 2012 he woke up with what he describes as “unbearable” pain in his chest and left arm. While he had no prior warning signs, it was clear to Frank what was happening. “I knew this had to be a cardiac event.”
As Frank arose from bed to get dressed for the hospital, he passed out and hit his head hard on the floor. Once in the hospital, this head injury proved to be particularly troublesome. Tests showed that Frank had 3 arteries of his heart blocked (one of them with 100% blockage) but because of his frontal lobe brain hemorrhage, doctors didn’t want to risk the sedation that would be required of bypass surgery. Frank arrived at the hospital at 5:30 AM, and by 6:00 AM, he was in the cath lab. Once his stents were in place, it was time to focus on Frank’s head, and the craniotomy that would be required to alleviate the hemorrhage.
Today, Frank is a survivor. While his career as a firefighter has been cut unfortunately short, he is counted among the lucky to be alive. His rehab is slow but steady, and Frank one day hopes to be back to his strength and fitness level that he had before his cardiac events. “People say ‘why should I eat healthy and exercise, when these types of things can still happen?’” says Frank. “My answer is that your survival depends on it. I am a strong believer that if I had not lived a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise, I would not have survived.”