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Sandra Gaddy was born and raised on Detroit's east side. She's a J.W. Finney High School graduate. Her dad was a pastor and a Chrysler autoworker; her mom started a home daycare when she was 7. Sandra is the second child and first girl among three sons and three daughters. For her, Detroit was a rich experience—diverse, urban living, the city, the arts, athletics.

Jeanne LaSargeBono, Metro Executive Director, has been with the American Heart Association for about a year. She works closely with Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties and the broader West Michigan area up to Traverse City, increasing awareness of cardiovascular disease and encouraging people to make healthier choices.

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