Hundreds of Samsung Austin Semiconductor employees and their families tied their shoelaces and got moving to benefit the 2022 Austin Heart & Stroke Walk on a windy Saturday morning. This year, the Heart Walk was held at the Q2 stadium in north Austin where attendees got a chance to learn about heart health and meet with vendors.
Over the past couple of months, employees held fun and interactive fundraisers to raise money for the Heart Walk. From karaoke challenges to the slightly messy pie-in-the-face, we ended up raising approximately $110,000 for the American Heart Association, surpassing our goal of $75,000.
Thank you to all of our employees who made a donation and came out to the Heart Walk!
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A Survivor's Story
Kathy Chou, a senior engineer on our Process Integration team, served as one of our Heart Walk coaches and was featured at the event's Survivor Lane—which shared inspiring stories from people who had their own battles with heart disease or stroke.
Chou suffered heart failure and a stroke shortly after delivering her daughter 17 years ago, when she was 28 years old. Chou had her discharge papers from the hospital, but her baby had to stay a few more days so the hospital allowed her stay.
"And that same night, it happened…I collapsed. They thought it was a seizure," Chou recalled. "CPR wasn’t cutting it, so they brought out the defibrillator and shocked me three times before they finally got a response."