While you may be pondering what Jebaily Law Firm and the Pee Dee Heart Walk have in common, there is a common thread. Ever since I began doing Social Security disability I have noticed that almost every client has some sort of heart related problem. It may be high blood pressure, past heart attacks, high cholesterol, pacemaker, or a variety of heart related issues.
“Heart disease and stroke are the principal components of cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD claims 35 lives a day in South Carolina, making it the leading cause of death.” (Source.) That statistic is MIND BLOWING! I have had more than one client die during the pendency of their case of a heart attack. In Social Security cases I am able to substitute a family member when this happens, and I get to be on the inside of what happens to a family when they are trying to rebuild after losing a loved one to a heart attack.
For those reasons as well as having two family members with pacemakers, I felt that this was an organization that I not only want to support, but that I NEED to support. I want to do everything I can to help improve heart health in South Carolina. Working with the Heart Association this year has given me a real sense of purpose in something outside of my job and family. I have made some new friends, met some new contacts, and participated in a larger community than I normally would.
We had a wonderful time at the Heart Walk. It is held at Francis Marion University, which has a beautiful campus. The day started cold and rainy, but there was still a great turn out! By the time the walk was ending and the emcee took the stage, the sun came out and brightened the day for all of the thousands of people that were walking to improve heart health. It truly was an amazing feeling to be a part of this event.
I am especially proud to report that I am currently the fourth highest fundraiser for the Pee Dee Heart Walk! I have raised $5,127.00 to date! Jebaily Law Firm is currently the team in SECOND place! We are above some really large corporate teams! As a team we have raised $8,721.00. I am extremely proud of everyone that is on my team, as well as the local staff of the American Heart Association. They are hard working and dedicated, and I have enjoyed working with them.
Every time I feel like I step into a Social Security hearing I feel like I am helping a family. As much as I love what I do, I would love it more if we can reduce the number of people in South Carolina that are affected by heart disease and stroke!
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