Chances are you know someone who has been affected by heart disease, America’s leading cause of death in both men and women. More than 1,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur each day in the United States, and nine out of 10 occur at home. Unfortunately, only one in three people survive sudden cardiac arrest.

Derek Daly beat the odds. In August 2009, Derek suffered cardiac arrest at home. Fortunately, his wife was able to immediately start CPR and, with the help of his family and first responders, he survived. Derek was brought to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for treatment.

While visiting BWH during his recovery and rehabilitation, Derek heard about ClimbCorps. Founded at BWH, ClimbCorps is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and improving individual health by transforming the stairwells of Boston’s tallest office buildings into fitness venues.

As someone who was always active, Derek wanted to get back to the activities he loved as quickly as possible. He decided to participate in ClimbCorps’ January 2013 event called ClimbAmerica!, which raises funds and awareness for heart disease prevention. Along with 1,600 other participants, he successfully reached the top of Boston’s Prudential Building in support of this important cause.

You can support patients like Derek and join the fight against heart disease by participating in the next ClimbAmerica! event being held on Sunday, January 26 at 53 State Street in Boston. Climbers of all fitness levels will come from across the state to scale the stairs of one of Boston’s most iconic buildings and raise funds that support education, programming, and life-saving research for heart disease prevention.

What better way to meet your New Year’s Resolutions than by joining ClimbAmerica! to improve your own health and help patients like Derek live longer, healthier lives? Register for ClimbAmerica! today and help bring us one step closer to a world free of heart disease. For more information about ClimbAmerica!, visit www.climbamerica.org.

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– Caitlin J./Jamie R.

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