It’s Heart Month

Did you know that the average adult is supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day? Share with us “how you stay heart healthy” by sending us your steps from February 24th, and we will make a donation to the American Heart Association! Email your submissions to by February 25th at 5pm. We will be donating $500 for the first 500,000 steps and a penny for each step beyond that.

About the American Heart Association

For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. The organization has over 33 million volunteers and as well as more than 3,400 employees worldwide. This united force promotes a heart healthy lifestyle for both children and adults.

Brooke’s Story

This cause is important to us because Brooke Solomon, our National Sales Manager, has dealt with congenital heart defects first-hand. Her daughter Brielle was born with two major heart defects: Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) and an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), preventing her veins from correctly bringing oxygenated blood to her heart. When children have TAPVR they most likely have an ASD which creates a hole in their heart.

At 5 days old, Brielle underwent open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to repair both defects. Brielle had two more procedures at nine months and two-and-a-half years old when doctors were able to successfully put a device in her heart that closed the hole via a catheterization.

“Heart Month is very near and dear to my heart. Brielle was born with a rare heart defect, that has changed our lives. 1 in every 110 children born are born with a CHD. We are grateful every day for the research and the doctors that can perform life changing surgeries on such small babies. If it wasn’t for Abington Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia my spunky amazing daughter wouldn’t be here today,” said Brooke.

Brielle is now an active eight year old who participates in ice skating competitions. She regularly is seen to monitor her condition and should not need any more surgeries!

Rachel’s Story

Our Lead Commercial Coordinator, Rachel Lesperance, also has a special connection to the American Heart Association. Two years ago she unexpectedly lost her father to a heart attack.

Her father, Steven P. Lesperance, was your average, fit, 59-year-old. He was often fatigued and had high cholesterol, but doctors weren’t concerned. After a trip to the ER, he was sent home being treated for Shingles when the fatal heart attack happened five days later.

“I want people to know that they are their own advocate when it comes to their health. If they’re worried about something and their doctor doesn’t seem to be, they have the right to request further testing,” Rachel explains.

Rachel now is an active volunteer and supporter of the AHA in her father’s honor. She knows how important preventative care and staying “heart healthy” is!

Thank you for your support last month donating to CASA for Children Advocates!