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

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 surround my then lifeless body. One bystander poured… Read More

Detour Dave Averts Sudden Cardiac Death

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… Read More

Meet Ellie Whelan, Heart Patient

Ellie 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. The school nurse… Read More

Right Side Up

My name is Bruce Evans. I am a father, son, husband, brother and a miracle. I am among the 11 percent victimized by sudden cardiac death who survive, unlike 89 percent of the people who don’t. Exactly one year ago today, my entire life flipped completely right side up. I’ve come to the realization that the term “right side up” is the only appropriate term due to the fact I was given the chance to… Read More

Saved at the Mall of America

My 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. My shift at Forever 21 had just started when I told my boss I wasn’t feeling well and asked to take my break early, which was unusual for me to do. After originally saying no, she said it was okay. While on my way to the break room, where I would have been alone, I… Read More

We Have to Count on Each Other

Survivors of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) come in all shapes, sizes, ages and ethnic backgrounds. SCA, which some people call sudden cardiac death, has stricken people at work, at school, exercising, resting at home or even sleeping. The first word of the term tells anyone who hears it that there is rarely a warning for the devastation to come. The heart stops beating, the victim collapses and,… Read More

My Survival Story: No Joking Matter

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… Read More

Dream On!

Adam Greenlee, Jr., 11, was the picture of health and had never exhibited any medical concerns. But everything changed on January 7th, 2014. It started out just like every other day for Adam, then a sixth grader at Bedford Middle School in Westport, Connecticut. His mom, René, dropped him off at school. His first period class that day was gym, which started out with a light jog as a warm-up… Read More

My Valentine Story

On 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… Read More

Family Was Always Special To Us, But It's Extra Special Now

“Family is very important to me. Everyone knows I love family.” For as long as she could remember, 67-year-old Barbara Campbell hosted a weekly Sunday dinner for her four children and six grandchildren. In recent years, the tradition started to take a physical toll. Barbara was constantly exhausted and she would lose her breath just walking across the room. As she was preparing a meal one Sunday… Read More