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The 2014 Mid-Missouri Heart Walk & 5K

August 23, 2014

Meet Our 2014 Heart Stars - Jase & Max

Jase's Story

Jase was born June 4, 2012 weighing six pounds three ounces at St. Mary’s hospital in St. Louis. He was stabilized, intubated, and transported to Cardinal Glennon Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Jase was diagnosed with the heart defect known as Unbalanced AV Canal.

At three weeks old, Jase went for his first open heart surgery. The surgeon placed a band around Jase’s pulmonary artery. After this surgery Jase battled arrhythmias, eating difficulties, and low oxygen saturations.

At two months old, Jase went back to the operating room for his second open heart surgery. Read more...

Max's Story

Max Cook has been on quite a journey with his heart in the last 18 years, which is one of the reasons he’s been named the American Heart Association’s 2014 Mid-Missouri Heart Walk Heart Star.
Cook, president of the Missouri Banker’s Association, had his first round of chest pain while on vacation at the age of 42. He had four-way angioplasty shortly after, followed by quadruple bypass five years later, and then three more stents at the age of 54. It was a new procedure called chronic total occlusion at the age of 59 that completely opened the 100 percent blocked right coronary artery.
Cook is alive and thriving today because of the technology and advancements in heart care. It is also one of the reasons his wife, Cindy, is so passionate about her work with the American Heart Association. Cindy was last year’s chair of the Circle of Red in Jefferson City.
“I go red because the American Heart Association saved my husband’s life three times,” says Cook.

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!

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