I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by the makers of Bayer® Aspirin. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.
It was November 28th, 1992 and it was just two days after Thanksgiving. What started out as a normal Saturday eventually ended as a very life changing day. That day became the day that my Dad passed away. He died suddenly of a heart attack at 32 years of age. I was 13, my brother was 10 and my Mom was 33. And our lives and many others were forever changed.
I think of that day often. I can remember it in vivid detail as if it happened yesterday even though it was over 25 years ago. Eeesh. I have been without my Dad for over 25 years now. I have lived more years without him than I have with him. It is a hard concept to come to terms with even after all of this time.
It should come as no surprise that I think of my Dad often. On regular days. On special days. On days that are viewed as rites of passage. And while I no longer get to have him by my side, I can let him live on through my stories, through myself and through my son.
One way that my Dad can live on through me is by me being an advocate for heart health. I want you to live a long, happy and healthy life. I want you to be educated and to take charge of your health, especially your heart health. I want you to have many many years with your family and friends.
Did you know that in the United States, there is a heart attack every 42 seconds? Every 42 seconds! That is too often.
Bayer launched a campaign called The Hero Smiths. The campaign is centered around the idea that chewing aspirin during a suspected heart attack can help save a life. And since there are so many people in the United States with the last name Smith, if all Smiths carried aspirin with them, lives could be saved! But at the end of the day, aren’t we all Smiths? We are all people. We all want to help save lives. So you too can join whether you are a Smith or not.
All you have to do is take the pledge to carry aspirin. It’s that simple and it could be life changing for you or for someone else. Click here to join The Hero Smiths and Bayer will send you a free Bayer Aspirin Keychain (while supplies last).
I’ve taken the pledge and I’ve added the keychain to my bag that I carry every day. Let’s help make saving lives something common. As common as the last name Smith. Join me in helping to save lives by carrying Bayer Aspirin so that less families will have a story like mine. Be a Hero Smith.
In the event of a suspected heart attack, call 9-1-1 and chew or crush and swallow aspirin as directed by a doctor.