By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Kimberly Goodloe’s got heart!
By Kimberly Goodloe

I am a wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, health advocate & survivor. A  couple of years ago , I received a new heart valve plus a pace maker. I was born with an abnormal heart valve and developed symptoms at age 42. 

I notified my doctor, a  test was ordered then I received a mechanical valve. Four days later I developed heart blockage. The doctor informed my family that I would need a pace maker to help my heart function. A year later, my third  surgery took place: pace maker revision. My fourth surgery took place on December 21st, 2015; I received new batteries in my pace maker.

image009190Left: Kimberly with Terri Guy and Arletta Cunningham

I’ve travelled locally & out of state advocating for the uninsured & sharing my story of survival;  at the American Heart Association’s Lobby Day: Washington, D.C.(in 2013); You’re The Cure Advocate, American Heart Association’s National Center: Dallas, Texas(2015): Recently selected:  National  Volunteer Ambassador: newly established Heart Valve Ambassador Team; Georgia State Capital, Gwinnett County Board Of Commissioners, DeKalb County Board of Commissioners meeting, churches, etc. 

I attended the Go Red For Women Wellness Expo and Luncheon on Friday, February 12th, then traveled to Snellville Ga, to create my collage (third section) with the help of my friends, Terri Guy & Arletta Cunningham, T.W. Brisoce Park Facility Coordinator and Staff plus a group of volunteers from Brookwood High School Beta Club.

The purpose of the collage; to celebrate my recovery from heart valve  & three pace maker surgeries, promote heart awareness &  honor every woman, man & child affected by heart/stroke disease.

image190I’m happy to report over 1,500 hearts were collected from my family, neighbors, friends, area schools, churches and non-profit groups.

2016 Heart Collage Participants

Nancy Burgett and Friends

Emory nurses 

Kimberly Miller & Family

Frontera Staff

The Norwood  Family

The Al-Ghani Family

Cynthia Smith

Linda Turner

Jamesha Sims 

The Baker Family

Bagheri   Family

Brown Family

Regina and friends.

Steele Family

Sherri Thomas,

Amanda Mann & friends

The Fielding Family

Gwinnet Pediatrics

Georgia Tech Students

Grayson Rams  8th Grade   Cheer Squad

Kim Cabness and Friends

Essence Women Conference; Dawn Causey           

Margaret Winn Holt Elementary School : Our Girls are Pearls:  Hill , Abraham , Monica Ball , Lesline Moore ,

Lawrenceville Senior Center

Make a Heart for Health Art Project/ The Lona Gallery

Jack Rabbit  Family

The Carey Family

Gwinnett Medical Team & Marketing Dept.

Pediatric Cardiology Services/Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnet Alumnae Chapter &  Stone Mountain/Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Shiloh Gems and Eagle 7: Mother Daughter Tea Party

Piedmont Medical Team

Gwinnet Black Business Guide Networking Event 

U R Destined for Success : Marketing  & Events Consultants. 

AHA Volunteers

Painting for a Purpose community event

Dacula Elementary school: Dedra walker

Couch Middle School: Junior Beta Club 

The Mitchell Family

Lift Up Atlanta; Christmas Extravaganza ; 

Grayson High School;  Carissa Griffin

 J.C.  Magill Elementary School;  Lori  Ferguson, Megan Tate, and Beverly Elrod

Lawrenceville Elementary:  Our Girls Are Pearls

Diamonds In Development :  Nicole Steele, Founder and Executive  Director.

McDaniel Family

Couch Middle  School :  8th Grade Class

Tate Family

The Bell family (Annie, Michael Sr, Amber and Michael Jr)

The Gunn family (Eva, Tori, KJ and Orlando) of Killeen, TX

Jenkins Elementary School:

Mrs. Sullivan

Ms. Harris

Ms. Branch

Ms. Pak

Ms. Stoudenmire

Ms. Weese

Mr. Moon

The Knight Family

Ladies N Stride

Northeast Georgia Health System/ Nurses

Kids Harbor of Old Peachtree: Daycare

Nancy Read , Loy Augustus and Ashley Fielden

YMCA Afterschool at Bay Creek Elementary

Our Girls Are Pearls; Lawrenceville  Elementary School;  Yolanda  Arnold

KinderCare Day Care Center: Lawrenceville, GA 

Kids R Kids  Academy: Lawrenceville, Ga

Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc  Annual Taboo Tea and Women's Health Summit -

New Mercies Christian Church: 226 Children’s Ministry:Discovery Worship Students :Senior Pastor: Jesse Curney III: Minister Joshua Scruggs: Director of Student Ministries

Plesanthill  Baptist Church; Children’s Ministry: KIDS 4 Christ: Senior Pastor: Dr. Ronald D. Dunnigan

Brookwood High School: Best Club:   Arletta Cunningham, Carmel Silver, Deborah Browning, John Newman, Dru Ulloa  & Katie Willis.