Inspiring De Pere Survivor Illuminates Heart Transplant Journey On National Wear Red Day

De Pere heart survivor, JoDee DeCleene, is sharing her inspiring transplant journey on National Wear Red Day. After experiencing cardiac arrest during a Packers playoff game in January 2015, DeCleene’s husband and daughter performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Despite their efforts, DeCleene’s heart began weakening over the next few years, leading to a heart transplant in August 2017 at UW Madison. Now, DeCleene and her family are actively supporting the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness about heart disease and CPR.

National Wear Red Day, which falls on February 2, 2024, is an opportunity for individuals to don red attire and show their support for the cause. The American Heart Association and Go Red for Women are specifically encouraging people to wear red to increase awareness about cardiovascular disease and potentially save lives. DeCleene’s personal journey serves as a testament to the importance of early intervention and understanding the signs of heart-related issues. She considers herself fortunate to be alive and is determined to spread awareness and support for others navigating similar challenges.

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