This year, PUSH YOUR LIMIT™ is taking heart. Our organization began from the heartfelt desire of helping those who need to be lifted up by active outdoor motivation that builds up confidence and self-esteem in those that are affected by disabilities such as heart disease. For three years, we have used the race to inspire those who have even been disabled (some coming out of surgery and their families/friends) to come walk, roll or run to push their limit and feel good about themselves. This year we support the Ironheart Foundation, who is not only working to help change lives, but also helping to save them through a caring support community and substantiated knowledge of prevention in some non-congenital forms of the disease.
PUSH YOUR LIMIT™ will be sharing a program specific to the race to help improve physical fitness, and requesting that you share your stories to help raise awareness within our community to strengthen the foundation. Go to jakubsladder to learn more about the race logistics and sign up; or you may sign up directly at pushyourlimit.athlete360.com at active.com.
The Ironheart Foundation works to transform, empower, and positively impact lives that have been affected by heart disease. The foundation encourages people to reap the benefits of a health lifestyle. The name epitomizes the function of the organization because the support of those who really understand the feelings of those affected, helps create a truly “iron heart” mentality within those who need the support. Leading the way to minimizing the effects of heart disease and their deep caring for one another led to the formation of the organization.
About the foundation:
Ironheart Foundation founder, David Watkins, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, aneurysm, as well as an abnormal arrhythmia. A 17-hour open-heart surgery followed, during which David flatlined and was without a functional heart beat for five minutes. Luckily, his medical team was fast to respond. With a second chance at living, David had a vision to form an organization where cardiac patients could come together from across the globe, share stories, and ultimately regain a healthy lifestyle through sport.
Because the Ironheart Foundation was built on tragedy to triumph, the Ironheart Team will always be the "foundation" to the Foundation. Ironheart today includes members from 48 states and 19 countries participating in a variety of athletic events, annually raising awareness for heart disease and celebrating life. Members include individuals who have heart disease, or are touched by it, physicians, friends, supporters, and those who are simply striving to lead a heart-healthy, active life.
Their stories are inspiring and are best represented in their gratefulness. Kyle Watson is an elite cardiac athlete and CTO of the Ironheart Foundation, and he stated, "From the day that I first learned that I had heart disease to when the call was made to perform open heart surgery, Dave Watkins was there for me to not only talk me through the process but to lay down a challenge. He challenged me to not just survive heart disease but to thrive with it. Out of relationships like this grew the Ironheart Community."
Please review the video from the link below of some of the most courageous people that exist among us, those who have gone from a flatline state to the finish line of a Iron Man competition. Push Your Limit™ is inspired by the tenacity of these survivors and so many that work in normal life settings daily while living with this disease of uncertainty. For they have been brave beyond belief, and continue to be brave in tackling life with power and inspiration to push their own limits.
HEART: From Flatline to Finish Line
Tara Kohler, Chief Development Officer, said, “Ironheart is a network of survivors, mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, aunts, uncles, grandparents, caregivers, physicians, and friends. The stories of what members have accomplished and will do to pay it forward with their second lives have inspired, challenged, and changed me immeasurably.”
Tara is one of the lucky ones because she doesn’t have heart disease, but some of her loved ones do.
Some facts on heart disease:
One in three people have heart disease as it is the #1 killer of men and women worldwide – it’s an epidemic. It even claims more lives than cancer, respiratory disease and accidents combined. The #1 birth defect in the world is/are “defects of the heart.”
While heart disease is one of the mostly costly widespread leading causes of death, some forms are likely preventable with healthier lifestyle changes. Per the American Heart Association’s sources for 2016 statistics, race, age, and lifestyle that includes maintaining total cholesterol, plays a vital role in heart health. Non-Hispanic black males, non-Hispanic white females, and non-Hispanic black males showed a higher mean of total cholesterol.2(Mozaffarian, D et al., 2015, p. 12) Incidentally, data derived from Health, United States (2014), revealed trends in children and adolescents above age 5 rising in numbers in their tendencies towards obesity – another risk factor that should be monitored.3 (Mozaffarian, D et al., 2015, p. 19) To view more about trends, this article will be placed for reference with the program on jakubsladder.com
Heart disease and strokes are responsible for 30% of deaths worldwide and over 800,000 deaths in the U.S. yearly. According to unpublished data, tabulated by the AHA, using methods described in Circulation. 2011;123:933–944,3by the year 2030, the direct costs of cardiovascular disease are expected to reach $1208 billion.
The personal impact of heart disease leads to feelings of frustration, sadness, anger, resentment, anxiety, and lack of acceptance (often for the first year or longer). The loss of independence can be devastating. Through improved prevention programs and treatment of risk factors, the dire projection of the health and economic impact of cardiovascular disease can be lessened. This disease has pushed more than 4 million Americans into disability over the last decade.
An important point: 1 in 4 cardiovascular-related deaths can be prevented in the U.S.!
The key to maintance and prevention is:
- A healthy diet
- Managing risk factors
Join us in helping Ironheart Foundation to keep the momentum going by donation, booth, running the race, or your volunteerism.
Visit jakubsladder.com with your interest and to sign up; or you may sign up directly at pushyourlimit.athlete360,com or active.com.
References 1-3 are directly cited from:
Mozaffarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, Arnett DK, Blaha MJ, Cushman M, Das SR, de Ferranti S, Després J-P, Fullerton HJ, Howard VJ, Huffman MD, Isasi CR, Jiménez MC, Judd SE, Kissela BM, Lichtman JH, Lisabeth LD, Liu S, Mackey RH, Magid DJ, McGuire DK, Mohler ER III, Moy CS, Muntner P, Mussolino ME, Nasir K, Neumar RW, Nichol G, Palaniappan L, Pandey DK, Reeves MJ, Rodriguez CJ, Rosamond W, Sorlie PD, Stein J, Towfighi A, Turan TN, Virani SS, Woo D, Yeh RW, Turner MB; on behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart disease and stroke statistics— 2016 update: a report from the American Heart Association [published online ahead of print December 16, 2015]. Circulation. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000350.