October 9th, 2012 marked the 15th anniversary of the day a heart attack took one of the most hard-working and loving men in this world. He passed away suddenly in 1997, at the age of 46.
Tim Flickinger, my father, would have been 62 years old on November 9th, 2012. He should be enjoying his life right now... being retired, playing with his grandkid and laughing with family and friends.
Instead, we are just talking about what he should be doing. In a world of advanced medicine and longer lifespans, he should be here now. A heart attack claimed my father, but we can do something about this...
Last year, through the American Heart Association, our campaign called One Time For Tim! had a goal of $5,000 and a message: take care of your heart and be there for those you love by regular checkups, exercise, and diet. We were stunned by the outpouring of love and support and raised $6,000!
This year, we are doing it again... One More Time For Tim! Our goal is the same: $5,000 by April 28th, which is when the Southern Tier NY Heart Walk occurs. I am not trying to fundraise all of the money here. Just enough to get a kick in the pants and get this going!
I’m joining the American Heart Association's Heart Walk to promote physical activity to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Please support me in helping to reach this lifesaving goal by giving a donation today!
If this story speaks to you, and you want to learn more, please head to my personal page at: http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1026994&supId=354722540
I will be starting a new blog for this event, but if you want to know more about the man I call dad and why I am doing this, stop by http://onetimefortim.wordpress.com/ and read about last year's adventure.
There are great stories and efforts here, and if this one doesn't speak to you, then I hope you find one that does. Please take care of yourself and get your heart checked out! Be around for those you love. Thank you and fight the good fight!