You’ve gotta have heart to join Heart Walk

By: 
JOSEPH GRANT
Lead Staff Reporter

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is a silent and hidden disease, knowing no gender or racial bias. It claims more than 930,000 lives a year. That is one life every 36 seconds. It is more lives than the next five causes of death combined. It was for this very reason that business leaders, corporate sponsors and volunteers came together at TSTC for a breakfast meeting, sponsored by Texas National Bank. Whenever people come together and donate their time, energy and money, a difference is being made. Critical research is being funded with such donations raised though many events such as the heart Walk on February 24.
Pastor Ryan Strebeck lead the gathering in prayer, invoking the words of St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, expressed how the body was a temple for the Holy Spirit.
A short video illustrating how to perform CPR on a heart attack victim followed. In an interesting aside and straight out of the “truth is stranger than fiction” department, it was explained that the ideal timing for doing chest compressions was to the beat of the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive” song.
In introducing Jack Cox, Jaci Callan, the Exercise Specialist of the RPMH Wellness Center spoke warmly about meeting Jack Cox in April 2016 as a patient. “Throughout the program, the twelve week program, he excelled. You’ll see that he has an energy, a really great energy that pulls you toward him. It’s patients like that really increase the passion for what we do.”
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