The following was provided by the American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association has honored Lynnfield residents, Bert and Brenda Carey, for their support and dedication to the organization. The Carey’s were recognized on Thursday, September 27 at the Heart Association’s 2012 Heart of Our Mission event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston.
On May 9th 2008, Bert was at a local men’s clothing store having a conversation with another customer and his son, when Bert suddenly passed out. The customers’ son had just completed a CPR course required at Newburyport High School and immediately began performing CPR on Bert.
Five days later, Bert woke up in the hospital with no recollection of what had happened. He had stents put in because at the time his health was too poor for bypass surgery. Two years later when Bert went in for his annual check-up his doctor told him that he was in good shape for bypass surgery, so in June 2010, Bert underwent a quadruple bypass.
In November of that same year, Bert’s wife, Brenda wasn’t feeling well and went to the doctors. After getting an EKG, she was brought in for a stress test but was quickly told not to get on the treadmill and was sent up to the catheterization lab. The doctor came out and told Bert that Brenda would needed exactly what he had, a quadruple bypass. Two days later Brenda had emergency quadruple bypass surgery. The couple have been supporting one another’s recovery and dedication to a healthier lifestyle ever since.
“Bert and Brenda have been tremendous volunteers and advocates for the American Heart Association for over three years,” said Heather Maloney, Director, Go Red for Women Luncheon – Boston for the American Heart Association. “They have actively supported the American Heart Association’s legislative efforts to make CPR a requirement for high school graduation, an issue very close to their hearts."
The annual Heart of Our Mission reception is an event to commemorate key volunteers who have demonstrated passion and commitment for moving forward the AHA’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Heart of Our Mission also serves as the premiere of this year’s local Go Red spokeswomen who will serve as the face of the Go Red movement in Massachusetts. The Heart of Our Mission Award and Making the Stroke Connection Award recipients were also honored and presented during the stage program.