My name is Anthony Miller. I am a survivor of Cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac arrest.
In January 2003, at the young age of 35, I had my first heart attack. It was caused by a disease called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). In January 2004, I suffered a second heart attack and went into sudden cardiac arrest.
Like most who suffer from Cardiomyopathy, the first indication that I had of my disease was the heart attack. I later learned that HCM is one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac arrest in people under age 30.
After open heart surgery and an extensive period of rehabilitation, my wife Stephanie and I came to the conclusion that education was going to be our battle cry to help others who suffer from HCM. Together we created the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy in 2009.
I am now ready to embark on the most important campaign of my life – raising awareness about the disease that almost took my life, and supporting those already afflicted with HCM through education, support groups, and disease management.
HCM is one of the main causes of the tragedy of sudden death among young athletes. Because of this, one of our immediate goals is to advocate for having a CPR certified person on staff for every youth sporting event and to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at each school campus. The AED initiative is just one of the many things we have planned.
As a survivor, I would like to ask for your support in helping the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy achieve our mission. Your tax-deductible monetary donation will go a long way toward helping us meet our goals. Together, we can make a difference.