Why I Walk

Northwestern Medicine
Cardiology September 18, 2012

Marjorie David with Chicago skyline in the distanceMarjorie David suffers from a congenital heart defect. She participates in the American Heart Association heart walk to help advance treatment, thank her caregivers and celebrate being alive.

Marjorie David, a cardiovascular patient here, is participating in this year's American Heart Association’s 2012 Metro Chicago Heart Walk. In her own words, she explains why she participates.

I love to walk, always have: The sun on my face, the wind in my hair, the views of the city and the people I meet. So walking is something I can do to support the efforts of the American Heart Association, which is dedicated to raising awareness, educating people so we can live healthier lives, improving patient care and much more.

I walk to support research to develop better techniques to treat the complex array of cardiac issues. That means improving the lives of those living with congenital heart defects. It’s not just about cholesterol, clogged arteries and high blood pressure. Some of us are born with faulty hearts. I am living proof of the many leaps forward in diagnostic sophistication, understanding and treatment, in devices and medications made just in the past 20 years.

This is especially true for women with heart issues BECAUSE we react differently, have different symptoms. I walk because it is something I can do to stand up for my friends (nurses, doctors and fellow patients) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab program, the best supportive environment for people recovering from heart surprises. I walk with gratitude for the kind and caring treatment I have received from so many at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. I walk because it feels so good: It’s great to be alive.

Join Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute for the 2012 American Heart Association Heart Walk and help support life-saving research and initiatives. Bring your energy, your passion and your stories - let your footsteps be heard!

Friday, September 28
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grant Park, upper Hutchinson Field

Click here to read why Edie Pacheco, RN, walks.

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