Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories

Thanks to a Complete Stranger, I Am Part of the Six Percent

Mark Kendall, Orlando, FL–46 at time of event (2015)
 
My name is Mark Kendall, I am a 46-year-old father of four and my cardiac arrest occurred on a hot 100 plus degree Florida afternoon on April 22, 2015 in the parking lot of a pizza restaurant. 
 
Without any warning at all, I went into cardiac arrest that day and collapsed onto the hot black asphalt where bystanders saw me go down and began to surr

Detour Dave Averts Sudden Cardiac Death

Dave Sandler, Owings Mills, MD–48 at time of event (2009)

Dave Sandler is a professional inspirational speaker.  He is the author of the new book “Taking a Detour.” Dave owns Detour Dave Inc., which delivers traffic information to the Baltimore/Washington area on WBAL Radio and 98 Rock. He also provides entertainment for weddings and other private affairs.

On August 9, 2009, I took the biggest detour of my life. I died that day, but God was not ready to take me.

Meet Ellie Whelan, Heart Patient

Ellie WhelanEllie Whelan, Petersburg, VA– 16 at time of event (2013)

In November 2013, young actress Ellie Whelan was performing in front of a packed auditorium at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology when she collapsed onstage. Audience members thought it was part of the act; then she didn’t get up. At the age of 16, she had suffered a cardiac arrest.

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.

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