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In Memory of Henry Grant, Jr.

48 Years Old

Henry Grant, Jr. worked as a health services technician at Central State Hospital and later as a juvenile correctional officer at the Youth Development Center in Milledgeville. A few months before retiring as a transport officer at Baldwin State Prison, Grant died of a heart attack at age 48. A friendly, spirited person and family man, Grant enjoyed community coaching for sports like softball with his brother.


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Valeria Vasser

The need for us to continue to support The Annual 5K Race is “REAL”.

I am a 65 year old female with no previous history of any heart problems. I exercise regularly and I am very aware of the importance of healthy eating habits.


On Sunday evening March 5, 2017 I was taken to the hospital because I was experiencing chest and back pains. I was admitted for testing. On Tuesday, a blocked artery was found in my heart, and a stint was immediately inserted. I was released from the hospital 2 days later and I am recovering.


I wanted to share… because so many don’t get to tell their story. Please listen to your body!!!


Coach Chip Malone

Heart Transplant Recipient

Coach Chip Malone survived the trauma of a heart transplant in November, 2010 after being on a machine to keep him alive. Physicians only allowed four weeks on the BiVAD (biventricular assist device) machine. His fate unknown, Malone received his heart in three weeks. He shares his story throughout the state of Georgia reaching out to nearly 3,900 people in a short period of time.

In honor of his donor and to promote a healthier lifestyle through proper diet and exercise, he stresses the importance of knowing the risk factors associated with heart disease.

Malone is featured in the LifeLink of Georgia 2013 Faces of Transplantation Calendar distributed in Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. He is a mentor for the Georgia Transplant Foundation and volunteers with LifeLink of Georgia. Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease, LLC is being registered as a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization.

Family, friends and fans of Coach Malone encouraged him to write his unbelievable story about cardiovascular disease. He published a book entitled “A Second Chance.” The book depicts his struggle to live, the power of love, and tells of a triumph that will encourage your faith. It launched February 4, 2012. But the story doesn’t stop there. February 2, 2013, Malone faced another battle. He and his wife (Cynthia) invite you to join the fight against cardiovascular disease. Coach Malone asks “What would you do with a God-given second chance?”


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