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Holly Morrell is one of those people you come across once in a lifetime. She has dedicated much of her life to creating awareness of the #1 killer in the US, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) through her nonprofit organization, Heartfelt Cardiac Projects. Since 1999 she has been working to save lives through early detection, education, and increasing public awareness. Her tireless efforts have saved countless lives. Over the last 11 years, she has personally provided cardiac screening to more than 16,000 people as young as 5 and as old as 86.

What makes Holly so special? It’s her simple unselfish desire to save lives. By providing echocardiograms (cardiac ultrasound) and electrocardiograms (EKG) heart screenings, free of charge or for a nominal, tax deductible donation, she makes piece of mind accessible. Typically, this type of cardiac evaluation can cost as much as $1500 and most insurance companies don’t cover the testing

Holly’s passion is derived from a family history of SCA. She has made it her personal mission to help others avert this preventable circumstance before its too late. Her constant effort in securing funds and grants to cover the costs is inspiring. She does this for people she has never even met!

Holly is a heart disease survivor who is testament that early detection saves lives. She, herself, was diagnosed with a genetic heart condition that claimed the lives of 6 of her family members through sudden cardiac arrest. She has consequently dedicated her life to sparing other families the grief of losing a loved one to this often preventable tragedy. Holly currently lives with a device implanted in her chest to protect her from sudden cardiac arrest.

Holly’s family history with Sudden Cardiac Arrest is tragic to say the least. Nine Morrell family members, out of 11, had the disease; six (6) died and three (3) live with devices implanted in their chests to protect them from sudden death. Holly herself was diagnosed with the condition in 2002, after running a cardiac screening program for 3 years.

Recognizing Holly as a "Rare Life" winner will help increase awareness of SCA and therefore save countless lives and possibly recruit more people to join her in the fight against this nation’s number 1 killer.

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