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F&M is Working to Improve Heart Health – Join us!

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February is Heart Health month, and in light of recent events in the life of our own team member Kim Bresler, and a childhood diagnoses for the wife of team member Zach Binzer, we are more inclined than ever to give back to those leading the charge for education and research to improve heart health! 

 Heart Healthy Women's Event
On February 6 we are hosting a women's event with a focus on heart health! We will have a cooking demonstration by Jeff Thomas Catering on how to prepare a heart healthy meal and hear stories from KimBresler and Katie Binzer, two F&M family members, about why heart health is important to them. Feel free to bring a friend.

Event Details:

  • February 6, 2018 from 3-5pm
  • Cooper Creek Event Center (4040 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45241)
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Join Foster & Motley for the 5k Heart Mini Walk
Foster & Motley is partnering with The American Heart Association to raise money and awareness by sponsoring a team for the Heart Mini this year. We are offering a $10 discount  code for anyone who registers as a part of our team. Follow the below link to register by February 14 and be a part of the Foster & Motley team as we participate in the Mercy Health 5k walk on Sunday, March 18 at 12pm. 

Register Here and use code "FM10OFF" to save $10

Heart Health in the Lives of Two F&M Employees

Kim’s Story:

Humans are creatures of habit, we tend to have a daily routine which we follow without hesitation. Most mornings we wake up and imagine our day to be like the last. However, we all experience situations that unexpectedly disrupt our routine. August 28, 2017 was anything but routine for Kim Bresler. Her day  began as any other would: work, lunch with colleagues, and planning for her son’s upcoming wedding.

After lunch, Kim started experiencing the symptoms that would soon put Kim’s life on hold. Suddenly, Kim broke out in a cold sweat, like nothing she has  experienced before. Then came the dizziness. She wondered “What is happening to me, could this be an anxiety attack?” Panic and confusion quickly filled  Kim’s thoughts.

 As a numbing and tingling sensation invaded her arm, she questioned “Am I having a heart attack?” Denial quickly stepped in, “What would cause me to have a heart attack? I don’t have high blood pressure or cholesterol, nor do I have a family history of heart attacks or diabetes, and I am not a smoker.” The denial  was silenced as the chest pain started and quickly worsened.Kim searched the web for “heart attack symptoms in women” as she agonized, holding her chest. 

As Kim read the symptoms: Chest pain, discomfort in arms, shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea and lightheadedness, she realized she had four out of the six signs of a female having a heart attack. In that moment, Kim feared she was having a heart attack, and what she expected to be a normal day ended in an alarming trip to the Emergency Room. 

Katie’s Story:          

“Impossible” is the word Katie Binzer, wife of F&M employee Zach Binzer, associated with pregnancy for most of her life. Katie was born with double outlet right ventricle, a type of congenital heart defect, which forced this discouraging word into her life. 

It wasn’t until 2012 that the Binzer’s discovered that a healthy pregnancy with Katie’s heart condition was possible. The word “possible” finally gave Katie hope that her dreams of having her own children would become a reality, but with hope came skepticism.

Katie did not fear the pregnancy, or even the delivery, but the months following the birth. As she put it, “Maybe I had seen the movie Steel Magnolias too many times, but I was afraid that my heart would give out a few weeks or months after delivery. I needed to feel 100% certain that this wouldn’t happen to me.”

In December 2014, the Binzer’s received some of the best news, Katie was pregnant! Katie was closely monitored throughout the pregnancy, and on September 1, 2015, Annabelle was born. Katie shared,“She has my spunk, her dad’s dimples, and most importantly – she doesn’t have my heart defect; we were ecstatic that she was perfectly healthy when she was born.” The good news didn’t stop there - the doctor informed them that Katie’s body had not only tolerated the pregnancy well but the delivery too. So much, in fact, that she felt confident her body could tolerate pregnancy again, and it did. Annabelle’s brother George was born on Halloween 2017. Again, the pregnancy went smoothly, and George is happy and healthy. The Binzer’s are thrilled to say that Katie’s heart is perfectly fine after both pregnancies!

It's for people like Kim and Katie that we walk to support the American Heart Association and their research and outreach.  

Consider joining F&M’s team by this link: 

Register Here and use code “FM10OFF” to save $10 

We’d love to see you there!