The Inaugural


CV Strong 5K

Photo by:  Erika Kwee

Photo by: Erika Kwee


A Success!  LIVE ON CV Strong 5K Inaugural Event

September 19th, 2018

The LIVE ON Foundation, established in August 2018, is pleased and proud to have hosted the inaugural LIVE ON CV Strong 5K event held on the morning of September 8th, 2018 at United Way of Greater Houston. 

Following the 5K race event that looped around Houston’s beloved Buffalo Bayou Park, participants joined for breakfast and conversation amongst patients, caregivers, medical professionals, and the community.  Discussion focused around the complications that arise for families undergoing the treatment and care of a loved one suffering from aortic disease. Highlights of the event included having patient, Jessica Tramaglini openly testify her experience with dealing with treatment, recovery, and the road ahead. You can read more about Jessica’s story here.

Not only does LIVE ON provide a source of light and inspiration on the seemingly dark and difficult (and oftentimes lonely) path to recovery through an outreach and support network of patients and caretakers of those suffering from vascular or aortic diseases; it also aims at providing patients the opportunity to enable learning about the chronicity and management of your illness through a unified patient (and caregiver) centered platform for education, engagement, and related resources and programs to empower you to reclaim a satisfying quality of life.  Through the LIVE ON CV Strong Breakfast, we were able to open a dialect amongst everyone involved while handling an aortic disease patient and loved one.

The LIVE ON CV Strong 5K was a major success in raising over $5,000 for the initial efforts. LIVE ON has gained momentum through the influence, passion, and determination of the regional community of Houston.  Between patients, family, friends, community members, medical professionals, and researchers, the effort to combat vascular disease has never been more of a priority.  The LIVE ON Foundation is determined to provide a glimmer of a future; a glimmer of assurance; a glimmer of hope.  The hope assuring that life does go ON before, during and after suffering from vascular disease.

-Caliann Ferguson, LIVE ON