How I joined the Unicorn tribe

I'm a 59-year-old professional woman, overweight by about 80 lbs. but extremely healthy other than that. I have never had to take any medications, have no history of any kind of illness, and have only been in the hospital once, to have my son, by C section, 26 years ago! February 28, 2020, was just another day. I had to stop at the dentist for a quick check on some periodontal cleaning that had… Read More


3/11/2019 changed my life for the better. Here is my story....

One of the lucky ones

I had a SCA on April 2, 2014 while at home with my wife. No previous symptoms except pain in my lower back just before the heart attack/SCA/V-fib/tach. We live 5 minutes from the hospital. I had to be shocked 4-5 times at home, ambulance and at the hospital. But, 4 days later I was out of ICU and hospital and started rehab, with a year-long road ahead but minimal brain damage (some… Read More

Beverly Buxareo celebrates 10 years as a survivor

A once in a lifetime opportunity to study in Spain, five grandchildren, three half-marathons, two 10K races and – no, not a partridge in a pear tree - but travel with new friends from that trip to Spain. These are just some of the important events that Beverly Buxareo would have missed out on if her “angel” were not there to apply CPR and restart her heart 10 years ago. January 23, 2010 was a… Read More

My husband survived a massive heart attack and cardiac arrest

July 17, 2019 I was doing dishes when I heard a noise coming from the living room. I just figured it was one of my dogs so didn’t think much about it! However my husband has being saying he just wasn’t feeling right and did not feel good so I thought I better check it out. When I walked into the living room I noticed my husband stuck between his recliner and tv table. It looked like he had fallen… Read More

Chicago Bears 5K

This happened to me last July. Basically got hit with SCA during the Chicago Bears 5K run that I was walking in. Zero symptoms before and after I got to the hospital after a few days they did an angiogram and found I had blockages in 4 spots and I had a CABG open heart surgery. I just passed six months after this happened and am feeling really good. I was in the right place for a terrible thing… Read More

Soldier Field 10 mile race survivor 2015

I was an experienced runner, having run the Chicago Marathon three times along with several other races. On May 23rd, 2015 I was running alongside my brother in the Soldier Field 10 mile race. It was a perfect weather day and I felt great. Six miles into the race along Lake Michigan I suddenly felt a "thump" in my chest that felt very unusual. I stepped off the race path into the grass. I clearly… Read More

Teen's Mall Trip Could Have Been Her Last, but CPR and an AED Saved the Day

Sydney Ridlehoover had finished her chores and convinced her parents to take her and a friend to the mall near their home outside Columbus, Ohio. Once they arrived, the girls got out of the car and walked ahead, laughing and talking. Peter Hubby, Sydney's stepfather, saw her fall to the ground before even getting to the mall. He figured the 13-year-old had tripped or was just goofing around.… Read More

Another Day at the Office - Thanks to an AED

On National Wear Red Day in 2018, few people at the Nashville law firm Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop took notice of the occasion, which calls attention to heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women. "I think we had forgotten about it being that day," said Tania Freeman, the firm's business development officer. Still, Feb. 2, 2018, turned out to be a day many of them would never… Read More

Brothers, Age 7 and 10, Perform CPR to Save Grandmother in Cardiac Arrest

It was a Saturday night and seven-year-old Grayson Wu said that he knew something was wrong with his grandma when he asked for a snack and she didn't answer. "So I looked over and she was, like..." he said. "Unconscious, on the couch," interjects 10-year-old Kian Wu, rolling his head back and opening his mouth wide to illustrate. "She looked really dead," adds Grayson. "Spit was going back… Read More