David Howard is a Heart Disease Hero. Diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis and a dilated ascending aorta, he endured open heart surgery in 2015. The illness was a complete surprise to this man who assumed his shortness of breath was due to self diagnosed asthma.
A dedicated athlete, he has given others with a similar diagnosis hope and support through his Ceased2Murmur YouTube channel. His video of waking up after open heart surgery has had over one million views and has been helpful to those who must also experience open heart surgery. The video is a great example of strength and determination and shows others that major medical issues need not hold you back. His candid, informational dialogue encourages others to live life to the fullest and never give up.
In addition to a multitude of sports he excels in, David is an avid scuba diver and enjoys spending his spare time diving for lost items in area lakes and reservoirs. He has found eye glasses, sun glasses, telephones, a gun, and a multitude of other items that were thought to be lost forever in a watery grave. He cleans and repairs his new found treasures and uses social media to locate their owners, returning them typically good as new.
David is an upbeat, funny, selfless person who chooses to dedicate his life to helping others who are experiencing overwhelming, serious health issues. A humble man, he credits his wife with helping him maintain an optimistic attitude and joy for life.
David Howard is an example of strength and courage, devoted to helping people look forward with optimism as they encounter an unknown future. The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce honors him for his dedication to a cause that will serve so many. He is, without a doubt, a Hurricane Valley Hero.