I don’t know about you, but lately the conversations I have heard are in the form of a warning. Be careful of the baggage we take into another year. True. Defining “baggage” as a mishap, we don’t want to make the same mistakes of the past. Hopefully we are better students of life than that.
Reflections of 2013 are to remind us (me) of the things I want to do in the New Year. There are things I want to do differently because I have learned a more efficient way, no regrets and yes the battles fought and won. Still with a coach’s mentality, I feel battles in life make us determined and I choose to find a way to get busy living!
Even after my third surgery in less than three years (tricuspid valve) in February, 2013, I began promoting the CARDIAC Car show in May. August I was hospitalized with a blood clot located behind my heart (I know I didn’t mention it); September began high school health science tours presenting to adolescents the risk factors for heart disease. And again in October with complications from the blood clot I was hospitalized six days. I was still collecting giveaways and promoting the car show. When dismissed in October, the next day I went on a high school visit, two days later (November 2nd) the card show was underway. Two weeks later – a case of Shingles. Most times when people see me out and about, at speaking engagements or at Kroger, little do they know. I am thankful for the inclusion in local newspapers and the magazine the Local Church Connection, because as you can see I couldn’t do any of this without God on my side.
I am excited about the new things coming our way that will allow us to help others with their challenges to live healthier. I need your help! I can do this better with partnerships and the support of many of you. It sure won’t be because we didn’t put ourselves out there (my wife Cynthia) and Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease. Would like to hear from you; let me know you are out there.
Bring in 2014 with joy, eager anticipation. Get off yours and join in the fight against heart disease. I am looking forward to it to the glory of God!
To Your Health,
Coach Chip Malone
Chip Malone is a retired Head Coach for the Varsity Boys Basketball team at Warner Robins High School from 1991 to 2009 before retiring in 2009. He lead teams to three Region Championships, one Sweet 16, one Elite 8, one State Final (runner up), and holds an unsurpassed record of six consecutive Bear Brawl Christmas Basketball Tournament Championships in a row.
I have another passion after becoming a heart transplant recipient in November, 2010. I now dedicate my time to honor the memory of my organ donor by telling this story in an effort to promote heart health. I am a family man, former educator and coach for 32 years following my destiny as an author of a book entitled “A Second Chance”. The book depicts a struggle to live, the power of love and triumph that will encourage your faith. Hear the story and why I am thankful for a second chance.
I am a Mentor with the GA Transplant Foundation who believes that education is the key to reducing heart disease, and since experience is the best teacher, I hope that others can benefit from mine. I will continue Chip’n Away at Heart Disease. And now I ask you, “What would you do with a God-given second chance?”
Fundraising is a matter of life and death for some transplant candidates, and a matter of quality of life for others. Your generous donation will help Coach Malone’s endeavors to assume self-responsibility for his medical needs by fundraising.