AstraZeneca And Bob Harper Unveil The Survivors Have Heart Second Chance Portraits
AstraZeneca, in continued partnership with Bob Harper – host of The Biggest Loser, best-selling author, and heart attack survivor – announced the unveiling of the Survivors Have Heart Second Chance Portraits, a series of photographs that highlight the stories, strength, and diverse experiences of heart attack survivors from around the country.
Photo Insert: The portraits were shot by none other than Bob Harper, himself, who is an avid photographer.
Captured by Bob Harper, an avid photographer himself, these portraits challenge traditional perceptions of heart attack survivorship and celebrate second chances as part of Survivors Have Heart, a national community-building movement powered by stories of heart attack survivors and their loved ones.
The Survivors Have Heart Second Chance Portraits will be displayed publicly at the Flatiron Plaza (Broadway and E 23rd Street) for a limited time from October 22 – 23, 2021.
As part of the unveiling, AstraZeneca and Bob Harper also hosted an exclusive virtual gallery event, where featured survivors, representatives from advocacy organizations The Mended Hearts, Inc., WomenHeart, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA), a registered nurse practitioner, and more came together for a panel discussion, focused on the importance of peer-to-peer support programs and the impact mentorship can have on the heart attack recovery journey.
Embarking on a new phase of their post-heart attack journey, the five survivors featured in the Survivors Have Heart Second Chance Portraits will be trained to mentor new heart attack survivors and bring education and disease awareness to their local communities. Over the last four years, survivors have continually shared a desire for resources and emotional support earlier in their road to recovery.
Through their own stories, these survivors will become faces of inspiration for those in need of encouragement following hospital discharge, using all they have learned through this community to give back to others.
Bob Harper said: “Through my work with Survivors Have Heart this year, I’m so proud to combine my passion for heart health advocacy with my love of photography to challenge how society pictures heart attack survivorship. Together, we’re replacing images of weakness with ones of strength, resilience, and second chances. The love and support of my friends and family were vital in my recovery, and that’s why I’m so proud to see these five survivors preparing to mentor others and bringing this community to even more hearts across the country.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack, and heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups.
Additionally, studies have shown social support networks can help patients with heart disease feel more confident and can create a positive environment to express feelings and help relieve anxiety. Establishing programs to support patients at the beginning of their heart attack recovery period can be beneficial in the long-term.
Alex Dyer, Executive Director, Cardiovascular at AstraZeneca, said: “Time and time again, we hear from our Survivors Have Heart network that community support has been a source of hope and encouragement throughout their healing process. We are thrilled to reveal these portraits and provide inspiration to heart attack survivors everywhere as they find new strength and purpose in their second chance at life.”
To join the Survivors Have Heart community, hear more inspiring stories, and share your own story, visit SurvivorsHaveHeart.com.