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FNB employees lend hand to Heart Association
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First National Bank employees made a $2,625 donation to the American Heart Association on Wednesday. Fundraising efforts generated the money.
“We are so grateful from the bottom of our hearts,” said Shea Smith, regional director for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Heart Association. “It means a lot to us that they would, with their own time and various fundraising efforts, make this donation.”
Smith says donations such as this one means continued research for the No. 1 health threat to adults and No. 1 birth defect in children.
“Donations like these mean a lot to us,” she said. “Heart disease is not limited to age or gender. It can also be a silent killer because you can’t see it.”
First National Bank employees got involved with the American Heart Association after one of their own underwent a heart valve replacement.
“I was diagnosed with a defective heart valve,” said Gail Youngblood. “I had a check up every year. In 2007, they said it needed to be replaced. Thanks to the American Heart Association, continued research and the care I received, I feel wonderful.”
Employees raised the money by going to Main Street Live every Friday night and selling ice cream and homemade cobblers, as well as going to Viola Valley Homecoming and selling walking tacos, fried bologna sandwiches, and homemade desserts.
Smith presented Youngblood with an American Heart Association hat, which is only given to survivors.
“I don’t feel deserving,” said Youngblood. “I didn’t suffer an actual heart attack from my condition. I do appreciate it, though. I also appreciate my co-workers doing all this for me. I work with a wonderful group of people.”
You can learn more about the American Heart Association by visiting www.americanheart.org.