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The Fall River Children’s Healthy Heart Festival at the Boys and Girls Club on July 25th could not have turned out any better!  Hundreds of kids and their parents enjoyed the day’s events, from dance classes, to face painting, to arts and crafts with the Fall River Children’s Museum, to fun physical challenges.  Families were able to benefit from 14 different local and national health-related organizations that shared their resources with the community, and healthy snacks were on hand for all.  Miss Massachusetts 2009, Amanda Kelly; Miss Bristol County 2009, Brett Bimmler; and Miss Massachusetts Outstanding Teen, Brianna Bostick attended the event, along with various local and state politicians.  We gave away a Wii, iPods, trampoline, scooters, and tons of sports equipment to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, and the adults had their own raffle supported mainly by gift certificates from great local businesses. In addition, we were able to donate Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to both the Boys and Girls Club and St. Vincent’s Home.


The focus of the event was the CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) Quilt Awareness Project.  50+ quilts were displayed for all to see and reflect on the children for whom this project was created.  All the squares on the quilts have been made in memory or support of a child with a heart defect, and tremendous awareness was able to be raised at the event regarding CHD and its impact.


I can’t say thank you enough to all our volunteers and supporters in helping to make this day incredible!!


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Check out the articles below!

Fall River Spirit: A Show of Heart – Awareness Raised on a Local Level through National CHD Quilt Project

Fall River Spirit: National Quilt Project to Be Focus of Children’s Healthy Heart Festival This Saturday

Fall River Herald News: Gagne Still Advocating for Heart Health

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Article Featured in Lola Magazine

My article entitled “Beat the Odds” was in Lola Magazine where I am featured as a Life Coach in the February 2009 issue (The Happiness Issue).  Lola is a Boston Globe Media Publication focused on women, and check out info on the magazine at http://www.lolaboston.com/


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The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation aims to raise awareness and save lives with regards to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  They have an amazing Schools Campaign that aims to protect youth from SCA while empowering those who have survived.  Check them out!

Check out the new article featuring my story on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s website.

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The STARS-US (Syncope Trust and Reflex Anoxic Seizures) organization now features my story on their website! The mission of this group is to work together with individuals, families, and medical professionals to offer support and information on syncope conditions. Syncope is essentially another word for fainting, and this is the classic symptom of my heart condition, LongQT Syndrome.

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Check out my newspaper article featured in the Fall River Herald News “Living Well” section!

Nine Steps to a Heart Healthier 2009: click in


My article entitled “Obstacles to Opportunities” is now featured on the www.DivaToolbox.com, a women’s website dedicated to the idea that “within you lies the ability to do anything…find it.” It’s a great place for information and inspiration for women of all ages!

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I was recently chosen as an Inspirational Luminary on InspireMeToday.com, a website dedicated to sharing the motivational stories of others as a means to inspire people to live their lives in an amazing way. 

Check it out!

Michaela Gagne on InspireMeToday.com: click in


Here is my “Today’s Brilliance” featured on the site:

I believe that there’s no greater force in the world than love, and that those who welcome it in to their lives will truly live.
I believe that adults should give themselves permission to be children.  Sing, paint, laugh, play, grow…and you will surely be happier and offer more to this world.
I believe that life is not about what could have happened.  Life is about what is.  Life is about looking through the front windshield while I’m driving, not the rearview mirror.
I believe that dreams are so important, but some may never come true…and that’s okay.  A disappointment can hold a new sense of purpose and direction.  I will never, ever stop dreaming…I just won’t stop myself from reshaping those goals into something even greater.
I believe in celebrating the people who have helped shape me into the fighter, giver, dreamer, artist, optimist, survivor, and believer I have become.  I will show my love and appreciation to the family and friends who make my life beautiful.
I believe that life is about choices.  I can choose to make my life and this world better.  I can choose to turn obstacles into opportunities.  I can choose to see the potential that surrounds me at every moment.
I believe in making every day special.  Special has many definitions.  What’s yours?


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