My heart story began on Wednesday, December 5th 2001 when after returning home from a round of basketball I suffered a heart attack. My young kids saw their dad crumble to the ground and I was rushed to the hospital. I was lucky to survive.
Knowing my family history and the tough road to recovery ahead of me, I decided to dedicate myself to finding a healthier way of life. I became a vegetarian, influenced my family to do the same, and followed my doctors’ orders for exercise, medication and check-ups. While in cardiac rehab I couldn’t believe the lack of motivation and hope around me. Every other person seemed ready to give up while I was just getting started.
Our world was turned upside-down again on Halloween of 2016. Once again, while playing basketball at the JCC, I suddenly dropped to the floor. I was in cardiac arrest this time. I had some incredible people looking out for me that day. My son, Logan, was right by my side and began administering chest compressions. Robert Reed, a Plano ISD coach, also performed CPR. Shawn Echols, now a Dallas firefighter, joined in and they administered shocks from an AED (automated external defibrillator) before EMS arrived. These heroes saved my life.
After undergoing surgery I was fitted with an internal defibrillator to keep my heart beating properly. I promise you, if I had not cared for my body in the 15 years between my two heart incidents, I would not be here telling this story today.
I am now embarking on my next challenge: My Hike of a Lifetime.
I will train over the next 5 months (October 2019 – February 2020) to make the 10 mile hike through Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, near Winkelman, Arizona on February 29th, 2020. I plan to document this journey through my social media (@mitchmeyers77) and ask that you join me in supporting a cause near and dear to my heart.
The American Heart Association’s mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.
My goal is to raise $1,000 for every mile of my hike adding up to a grand total of $10,000.
These funds will go directly to AHA and fund lifesaving projects, research, community education, advocacy programs and so much more. Please consider making a donation on this page and share my story with those you love.