On Saturday, at the Fort Dodge Country Club, we will celebrate the 13th annual Sweetheart Gala. We have been involved all 13 years because we personally know cardiovascular disease and the effect it has on family. Both of our fathers have experienced heart disease and stroke. Deb's father, Phil, experienced his first heart attack at age 66. He's had a second heart attack and two strokes in the last 19 years. Casey's dad, Lee, had a devastating stroke 15 years ago, and continues to deal with that event every day of his life. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in Iowa and throughout the United States. The continuous efforts and hard work of the American Heart Association have directly impacted our families. Dietary advice, along with advances in medications, stents and pacemakers have allowed them to lead productive lives and watch their grandsons graduate from college and take management positions in our business.