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Derek Maish

01/27/2015 | Heart & Vascular

As a husband, father and musician, 38-year-old Derek Maish of Lafayette, Indiana, considers himself blessed. He’s following his heart and turning his love for music into a regular gig as a drummer with the modern country band, The Levi Riggs Band. Among his biggest fans are his wife, Robyn, and…

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Adam Schrader

01/07/2015 | Heart & Vascular

Adam Schrader knows how to push himself, despite living with a heart condition and the limitations that go with it. The 35-year-old Columbia City, Indiana, resident says he’s always been a man of action who wants to live life. “I’ve always pushed myself to be as normal as possible,”…

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Carol Leonard & Rick Burke

12/06/2014 | Heart & Vascular

It’s not unusual that Carol Leonard, 61, and her son Rick Burke, 42, have a lot in common—parents and children often do. Carol and Rick, who live on Indianapolis’ West side, believe in hard work, taking care of family and doing what you have to in order to handle speed bumps that show…

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Flo Bear

12/06/2014 | Heart & Vascular

Flo Bear, a 36-year-old, stay-at-home mom from Fort Wayne, Ind., doesn’t have to look further than her 2½-year-old daughter Georgia for a reason to be thankful for good doctors and modern medicine. Although she was born healthy, Georgia was seven weeks early and had to spend the first 30…

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Derrick Nelson

08/11/2014 | Heart & Vascular

If Derrick Nelson ever had to pick a lucky number, he’d likely have to go with a trio—11-12-13. The numbers mark the date the 22-year-old’s life took a sharp, life-saving turn when he underwent a heart transplant. “I will never forget that date,” says Derrick. It was a new…

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Steve Jensen

06/18/2014 | Heart & Vascular

It’s tough to catch 42-year-old Steve Jensen off guard. After unexpectedly waking up in a hospital bed two times—once after a motorcycle accident and once after life-saving heart surgery—there’s not much that will throw him off. “Waking up in a hospital bed isn’t foreign…

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Carol Hill

05/21/2014 | Heart & Vascular

Carol Hill knows all too well that no matter how bad your day seems to be going, it can always be worse; the 58-year-old Indianapolis resident points to a day in October 2012 as proof. Despite taking a few days off work and going to the doctor, she returned to work, still not feeling well. She was under…

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Rob Serbent

05/13/2014 | Heart & Vascular

Rob Serbent, from Nashville, Ind., knows how it feels to be healthy and strong. An avid mountain biker, the 47-year-old says until 2009, it’s all he’d ever known. “I’d never been sick in my life and had always been active and healthy,” says Rob, who works in technology services…

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Pete Bernacchi

02/07/2014 | Heart & Vascular

Successfully tracking down La Porte, Ind., resident Pete Bernacchi depends on what time of year it is. From May through October, you’ll likely find the 75-year-old retiree on Hudson Lake feeding his three-times-a-week water skiing habit (a quick 250 turns) or hitting the road with his 84-year-old…

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Lynn Bridgewater

01/31/2014 | Heart & Vascular

In July 2013, 44-year-old Lynn Bridgewater and her family moved from Greenwood, Ind., to St. Marys, Ga., making good on Lynn’s life-long dream of living in Coastal Georgia. The move meant leaving her job as the director of perioperative services at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital,…

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