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Austin Heart Patient Will Race in Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot to Mark his Recovery, Inspire People with Heart Disease
Date:10/1/2013

Austin, TX (PRWEB) October 01, 2013

Whisk Me Away Travel (http://www.whiskmeawaytravel.com/) is an Austin-based travel company specializing in cruises and vacation packages for singles, couples, families, and groups. In additional to offering excellent travel services, the company is dedicated to local and national philanthropy. This November, Whisk Me Away Travel will sponsor Gerald Merits as he runs in Austin’s annual Turkey Trot. Hosted by Thunder Cloud Subs, the 5 mile Turkey Trot occurs Thanksgiving day and benefits Caritas, a charity dedicated to fighting poverty, hunger, and homelessness.

Amanda Hall-Merits, owner of Whisk Me Away Travel, said, “I was looking for something this year to support that is very close to my heart. When my husband of 15 years asked me if he could run the Turkey Trot on behalf of my company I was taken aback.”

Amanda lost her 52 year old father to heart disease.

Gerald states, “Amanda has stuck with me through my battle with heart disease and I know it has not been easy for her. This year marks a marriage of 15 wonderful years. She is my inspiration and her compassion and dedication to helping others led to a fundamental change in me to do the same, and to never give up.

“I run to fight against poverty, hunger, and homelessness. I run to show others it is possible to overcome limitations. I run for my wife. Too many people suffer from poverty and hunger in this world and both my wife and I look around us and feel very blessed.”

Gerald should not be alive today. His first heart attack occurred when one of his arteries, known as the widow maker, was 100% blocked. “I should be dead,” said Gerald. “My heart grew its own collateral artery
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