An unexpected event leads to a strong dose of gratitude 

Robby Klaber has always been exceptionally active, challenging himself consistently with intense marathons and biking experiences. He ran the Miami Marathon in 2012, ran the San Francisco Half Marathon in 2013, and even biked from Providence, Rhode Island to Seattle, Washington to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.  However, when running in the Chicago Marathon in October 2014,… Read More

Keep your head above water

The weather that Sunday was beautiful and I was excited to go to the KROC Center in Camden, NJ for my weekly swim. I said goodbye to my son and headed off to the pool. A long-distance swimmer at the time, my typical routine was to swim for about an hour, covering two and a half kilometers. Given my age of 53, I felt good about my physical health and stamina.   As I pushed through the first… Read More

The focus is to pay it forward

Today, Christmas Day 2022, marks 10 years since Johnnie Davis’ life-changing sudden cardiac arrest. In the early morning of December 25, 2012, Johnnie Davis was sound asleep at home when around three in the morning, he began shaking and convulsing as he went into sudden cardiac arrest. Noticing that he was not responding, Johnnie’s wife Rachel, a former nursing student, immediately switched on… Read More

Walking the dog up a hill

Reading the stories from you people still make me burst into tears regularly and that is okay. I'm just thankful I've found a community that understands what I'm going through and where I can tell my story and know I'll be understood. Any do's and don'ts, tips, tricks or advice and experiences are more than welcome and greatly appreciated. My long (winded) story: History: I'm a non overweight… Read More

Advice from a cardiac arrest survivor: Be kind. Give yourself time and permission to heal.

When 30-year-old Katrysha Gellis headed off to work at a graphic design agency on October 16, 2015, she never expected it to be a day that would change her life forever. It was a typical day. She focused on her work as usual and did not suspect anything out of the ordinary. But that’s the thing about sudden cardiac arrest—it can happen when someone least expects it, with no warning at all. As… Read More

Ed Kosiec: A survivor on a mission to save more lives

“We have to have more people with compassion for each other when a situation happens and be willing to help.” These are the words of Ed Kosiec, a survivor of cardiac arrest with an amazing story. On March 12, 2019, 51-year-old Ed had a typical morning: he trained for his fourth marathon, running 10 miles, and then did some hot yoga. That afternoon, he and his wife Holly went to Chick-Fil-A for a… Read More

Seth's story

Seth was a junior at Broadwater High School in Townsend, Montana, when he collapsed in cardiac arrest during basketball practice in January 2021. This is his story. Courtesy of Montana EMS and Trauma Systems Section of Department of Health & Human Services

Huge save on the ice

It was the first night of the playoffs for my beer league hockey team. After wrapping up work I headed straight to the rink excited to hang with my teammates and have some fun. It felt pretty much like any of the countless other nights I've spent playing hockey in my adult life - we had some laughs in the locker room at the expense of each other and headed out to the ice to take on Mott FK, a… Read More

Surviving a heart attack and SCA

Most people who meet Oklahoma native Brent Miller, 50, would consider him an active and healthy 50-year-old. A competitive runner, he has logged more than 1,000 miles over the past three years, including five marathons, two half-Iron Mans, One Iron Man, and 150 5Ks. But his biggest accomplishment was surviving sudden cardiac arrest. As such an active runner, Brent knew something wasn’t right… Read More

My husband survived

On October 5, 2020 my 45-year-old husband suffered a cardiac arrest while at work. I received the call at 10:15 am from his boss that he was being loaded into an ambulance because he had had a heart attack at work. I got a call from the ER doctor while I was driving to the hospital that my husband was being taken to the cath lab, that he had suffered a cardiac arrest. Once arriving at the cath… Read More