Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I Ain't Here for a Long Time...

... I'm here for a good time!

A motto Jon Daeschner, my stepfather, lived his life by :).

But my question to you is... why do we have to choose? Should we just give up and except the inevitable of "one day"?

Why is it that we will fight for a new position at work, for that extra space in the closet, or even the last brownie but when it comes to Heart Disease we turn the other cheek and pray it doesn't happen to us. Let me let you in on a little secret... the leading cause of death is not due to the fact you can't fit one more sequence top (that you really shouldn't be wearing anyways) into your closet!

One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths PER DAY.

Unfortunately my passion for this cause only came after my stepfather, Jon, became part of that statistic. It saddens me just to write that as Jon was more than just a statistic, he was a...

...son, father, brother, grandfather (papa jon), friend, community leader, someone who made a difference in this world, and the list could go on!

Does any of this sound familiar? Is that your dad, mom, sister, brother, or friend? Chances are according to the statistics it is...

I was humbled the day that we lost Jon in 2009. From an earlier blog, you know that Jon was an amazing person that had a zest and outlook on life that we should all strive for. You also know what a toll it took on my family to lose someone so suddenly without a goodbye that we loved. But now over 2 years later my feelings of being humbled have turned into feelings of empowerment. Jon did not live his life as a victim, he dusted himself off and got right back up again. So instead of feeling helpless, it's time to take whatever action we can against this disease!

Again, this year I ask you to think about you, your friends, and your family. If you saw a bus coming towards even a stranger... wouldn't you push them out of the way?

Matthew 25:40
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

I realize there are many diseases along with Heart Disease such as Cancer, Crones, MS, etc. that have affected you or someone you know. So I do feel it unfair to ask you to put all your support towards one fight but I do not think it's unfair to ask you to skip your Starbucks coffee for a day, two, maybe even a week to help support a cause that could one day end up saving your own life. A little goes a long way...

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I will continue to fight for Jon, you, and me.

To make a donation Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support the American Heart Association.

If you can't make a donation, do something good for your heart anyway... go for a walk, eat at Subway (you know I love), join a fitness center, or skip that second helping!

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