2019 Citizenship Awards: Harrity & Harrity and the American Heart Association of Greater Washington

For John Harrity, his law firm’s partnership with the American Heart Association of Greater Washington is deeply personal.

In 2016, the managing partner at Fairfax-based Harrity & Harrity was about to wrap his weekly basketball game with colleagues when he had trouble catching his breath.

“I started to feel very warm,” Harrity said of that Monday night in May. “I felt something was off. I asked my friends to call 911. I fell to the ground, passed out and woke up three weeks later in Fairfax Hospital.”

At the time, Harrity had no reason to suspect he would have an issue with his heart. He describes himself as low stress, a nonsmoker with zero family history of heart disease.

“I was in close to the best shape of my life,” Harrity said. But that didn’t prevent his heart attack. Harrity would go on to spend eight weeks in intensive care, suffering from a reaction to prescribed blood thinners, among other setbacks.

“My cardiologist told me the odds of me surviving were…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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