A Big Heart: A Memoir

· Mike Papale

About this ebook

As a teen, Mike Papale had one dream: to play college basketball. He was laser-focused—training like an Olympic hopeful to make his dream reality. Out of nowhere, his world changed. August 24, 2006, while coaching a summer camp basketball game, he slumped over, unresponsive, turning blue within minutes. He was 17, and had gone into cardiac arrest. With no AED on site, he was given a one in a million chance to survive.

 He was soon diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, or HCM, which, left undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. At the time, he was crushed—processing the life-altering news he would never be able to play competitive basketball again. He quickly realized he was fortunate to be alive, and redefined his life’s purpose. 

 A Big Heart brings the reader on Mike’s story of reinvention, hope, and survival. It is guaranteed to inspire readers to battle adversity and attack their dreams!

About the author

Since his miraculous recovery from sudden cardiac arrest, Mike Papale has never stopped moving. The Founder and CEO of nonprofit organization In A Heartbeat—dedicated to preventing death from sudden cardiac arrest and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)—served several years as a college basketball coach at UMass Lowell, Quinnipiac University, and Southern Connecticut State University before channeling his transformative journey into the pages of this book. As a Professional Motivational Speaker, Mike loves helping others discover and engage their own life-igniting spark—inspirational energy he naturally instills in students through his role as Fairfield College Preparatory School’s Head Basketball Coach. Creator and Host of A Big Heart podcast, Mike addresses how to overcome the physical and emotional obstacles of life with heart disease. In his spare time, you can find multi-hyphenate Mike enjoying life with family and friends, traveling, golfing, cycling, or wholeheartedly rooting for the Knicks, Giants, and Red Sox.

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