April Zelenka  Wisconsin

I was just 14 when I first had an episode of Long QT Syndrome. After I lost consciousness when answering the telephone, I spent three days in the hospital and underwent many tests. Doctors finally confirmed I had Long QT Syndrome, an electrical problem of the heart, and recommended I have a defibrillator implanted to prevent further complications. After my surgery, my doctor informed my family of Long QT Syndromes reputation for being genetic. After testing, they found the disease in my dad and my older sister, who also had defibrillators implanted. Funding for heart disease research is important because it saved my life and the lives of my family members.