By Karin Kyte, director of business development
Jacalyn Savage, a speech therapist and director of rehabilitation at University Park Care Center in Pueblo, Colorado, is raising money and walking for the American Heart Association.
The organization’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives everything it does, and it’s something Savage has been passionate about since 2006.
At the young age of 14, Savage experienced the death of her mother from heart disease. Her mother was only 37.
Savage grew to learn more about the disease during her adult years, and in 2006, she felt inspired to participate in her first Walk for the Heart. She has participated in heart and stroke walks in Indiana, Arizona and Colorado. Because there is not a local walk in Pueblo, she participates in the one in Colorado Springs.
“Since my mother, Darla McQueen, passed, I have been dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the American Heart Association to help millions of families fight our nation’s No. 1 killer,” Savage said.
Savage wears her American Heart Association wrist band proudly. Each day at work, she encounters and works with men and women with heart conditions. Not only is heart disease the top killer in the nation, but stroke is No. 5.
The AHA’s goal is to reduce these deaths by 25 percent. Through life-saving techniques, research, education about healthy lifestyles and raising awareness, Savage and the American Heart Association plan to do that.
The AHA’s Healthy For Good program is a revolutionary movement to inspire people to create lasting change in their health and lives, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well.
Savage has raised the third most money of anyone in Colorado Springs, and she intends to keep that record.
“Your donation funds life-saving education and research,” she stated.
The AHA offers a three-mile walk and a 5K run, and Savage is enthusiastic about getting others to join her cause. If you wish to donate, her website is www2.heart.org/goto/jackiesavage. For more information about the American Heart Association and the walk, go to heartwalk.org.