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Thankful For Research

By Emily Straley, Guest Blogger When the holidays are near, we are reminded to be grateful during this giving season. It is the season of giving gifts, of giving time, of giving good will…and most importantly, of giving thanks. I was born with a congenital heart defect. At three months old, I had open-heart surgery. Since

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Local Survivor Supports Heart Walk at Jersey Shore

On October 29, Christine Rochelle of Wall, a congenital heart defect and stroke survivor, will walk to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke as she serves as survivor ambassador for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Shoreline Heart Walk at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, in Lakewood, NJ. Shortly after

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Christine Rochelle Goes Red For Women

Christine Rochelle was born an average baby girl, except for a loud heart murmur that her delivery room nurses discovered shortly after her birth.  She was diagnosed with pulmonary valve stenosis, a thickened or fused heart valve that does not allow proper blood flow from the heart to the lungs.  At 6 months old, Christine