Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories

Right Side Up

Bruce Evans, Sussex, WI– 52 at time of event (2014)

Saved at the Mall of America

Jamie LaLonde at Mall of AmericaMy name is Jamie LaLonde. I am 23 years old and at 18, I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while working in the Mall of America.

We Have to Count on Each Other

Beverly Buxareo, Pittsburgh, PA – 50 at time of event (2010)

My Survival Story: No Joking Matter

Rob Hoadley, San Diego, CA – 41 at time of event (2011)

My name is Robert Hoadley and I am the Corporate Contract and Lease Administrator at Evans Hotels. To be frank, the mere fact that I am here at all today is truly a miracle.

On April 1, 2011, I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at work. I was 41-years-old and was training to join the U.S. Navy Reserves and in possibly the best physical condition of the last 20 years when, without warning, my heart stopped. I collapsed.

A Young Mom's Tale of Survival

Ginnie Gick, Clarksville, MD – 43 at time of event (2010)

“Mommy is hurt!” yelled Ginnie Gick’s 5-year-old son. Her husband, Dan, who was running late to work, came bounding down the stairs to find Ginnie lying unresponsive. It was May 20, 2010, and Ginnie, age 43, wasn’t breathing.

Dream On!

Adam Greenlee, Jr.

My Valentine Story

Sue NixonOn the morning of February 14th 2007, three minutes before my heart stopped, three people made choices that saved my life.

A postman was selecting his route, a nurse with an unexpected day off was heading to Starbucks, and my business partner called just before I ran out the door of my home.

Instead of letting the call go to voicemail, something compelled me to answer the call—so that three minutes later, instead of being on the highway going 60 mph, I was driving up a side street near my home when I had my cardiac arrest.

The postman and nurse appeared at just the right time to perform CPR for eight minutes until the medics arrived. Which meant that it was not my day to die.

Do It for Your Family. Do It for the People Who Love You.

Helene Rish, Sanford, FL – 38 at time of event (2012)

I Had No Time to React

Patti Farrell, Milwaukee, WI – 61 at time of event (2013)

Patti Farrell and familyPatti Farrell had always been very healthy, but lately had been experiencing increasing shortness of breath and stomach aches. While shopping at Target, the 61-year-old could hardly breathe and the pain was so intense she had to rest in her car. Her daughter-in-law arrived and took Patti to the hospital, where doctors discovered fluid in her lungs and diagnosed Patti with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. 

A Real Sense of Security

Darren Califano, Sanford, FL – 47 at time of event (2012)

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