My father is a survivor. My grandmother was not. These two facts have fueled my passion for the American Heart Association for over 20 years. I became a volunteer after my dad - already a quadruple bypass veteran - received a heart stent. American Heart Association-funded research is why he's here today celebrating family birthdays, anniversaries and life itself. When the association launched Go Red For Women a few years ago, I couldn't have been more eager to get involved. My grandmother, who often complained of heartburn, died of a heart attack at age 61, before heart disease was considered a woman's health issue. I'm proud to be a Go Red woman and raise my voice so this generation is empowered to fight our No. 1 killer. I'm also proud to raise funds so the association can continue funding lifesaving research. I've worn many hats for the association: local and affiliate board member, national committee member, Heart Ball chair, National Lobby Day delegate and event planner. But the most important title I'll have is lifetime volunteer.