LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – Holly Morrell once rode horses professionally. But, CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports, Morrell gave up riding after simple tests – an EKG and echocardiogram – revealed her heart was likely to go into sudden cardiac arrest -under stress.
That same condition took the lives of six of her family members including her father, and two cousins aged 12 and 14.
Morrell said she turned her anguish into action. “I gave up my career in equestrian show jumping to devote my energy and focus into saving lives.”
She did that by founding Heartfelt Cardiac Projects. Based in Orange County., Calif., and staffed with volunteers, her non-profit offers $1,500 cardiac screenings for free – or, if you’re able, a nominal $85 donation.