Over the past year I have been working with the American Heart Association Midwest Chapter to help promote their Detroit fundraising events and tell local survivor stories. I've had the opportunity to work with their communications and marketing team on the Detroit Heart Walk, Detroit Heart Ball and Most Powerful Voices events.
The most emotional story I've captured was that of Trevor Sullivan (top video) - a 15 year old heart transplant survivor. When he was only 14 years old, Trevor Sullivan was diagnosed with a heart disease called cardiomyopathy and after 3 months on a heart transplant list, a donor heart became available to Trevor. Trevor's story became famous when his family posted a video right when he woke up from his surgery. Trevor is now back in school and living a normal life as a heart transplant patient and survivor.
It's wonderful to work with an organization like them to help promote and show the wonderful impacts of research on the local and global community.