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Finally, registration for FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for March 15 through 18, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is open. Click Here to register.

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To All Our Friends in South Texas, Louisiana and Florida

Here at FMCA our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. These include the area residents, victims, first responders, and citizens who have stepped in to assist their neighbors.

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma: Looking for resources or ways you can help?

1. Make a Donation
The following organizations* are accepting donations for South Texas and Florida relief efforts.
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org (https://www.redcross.org) or call 1-800-HELP-NOW (800-435-7669). Or text IRMA or HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Salvation Army: give.salvationarmyusa.orgor call 1-800-725-2769. Or text STORM to 51555.
Catholic Charities USA: www.catholiccharitiesusa.orgor call 800-919-9338. Or text CCUSADISASTER to 71777.
*Please note FMCA is not affiliated with and/or advocating these organizations.

2. Volunteer with RV Disaster Corps
RV Disaster Corps has put out a call for RVers to staff volunteer centers. Volunteers with RV Disaster Corps assist people displaced by storms and help first responders. Because RV Disaster Corps volunteers have their own accommodations, they can relocate to the impacted area without requiring scarce local housing resources. www.rvdisastercorps.org.

3. Help Evacuees Find a Safe Place
Texas: The Texas Association of Campground Owners has identified RV parks with space available for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. Visit https://texascampgrounds.com or www.TexasCabinRentals.net. It is recommended to call the parks in advance; availability may change based on current weather.

Florida and Alabama campgrounds: Information will be posted as available: www.CampFlorida.com and www.CampInAlabama.com.

Alabama state parks: Call 1-800-ALA-PARK (1-800-252-7275) for availability.

Florida road conditions: Real-time traffic information is available at https://fl511.com. Or call (866) 511-3352; in Florida, dial 511.

Member Vote: Voting Now Open

CLICK HERE to download and print a copy of the ballot.

Please note, all ballots must be sent via postal mail to: Mandel and Associates, Inc., 431 Ohio Pike, Suite 201, Cincinnati, OH 45255

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Open-heart surgery hasn’t stopped FMCA members Paula and Nelson DiGennaro from enjoying their retirement or pursuing their dream of full-timing.

But it sure scared them.

In December 2005 Nelson underwent bypass surgery for five blocked coronary arteries. Doctors found blockages of 95 percent, 90 percent, 75 percent, 60 percent and 50 percent.

Paula and Nelson said recognizing early symptoms of arteriosclerosis saved his life. “I was very lucky because the doctor told Paula that basically I should have been dead.”

The first symptom he noticed: shortness of breath.

At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he worked on the third floor of a building and always took the stairs, never the elevator. “I would briskly walk up the stairs all the time. At the beginning of the year I was feeling out of breath and I figured okay, I’m 52 years old and I weigh 240 pounds, so what should I expect.”

Working a desk job, he usually made regular exercise a priority. He frequently worked out on the treadmill at the exercise facility across the street.

A few times after taking a break from work to go to auto races, he’d get back on the treadmill and would experience slight chest pains.

“They went away fairly quickly. But toward the end of the year I’d walk up the stairs and would be out of breath and I was sweating really, really bad. That really triggered me that something was severely wrong.”

An electrocardiogram, or EKG, detected abnormal heart activity. His cardiologist thought he was a possible candidate for triple stints, but a heart catheterization procedure revealed four blockages, which required the bypass surgery. “They didn’t’ find the fifth blockage until I was actually in surgery,” Nelson said.

The surgery went well. Nelson spent a week in the hospital and returned to work six weeks later. His goal was to get medical clearance to drive their motorhome to the first Atlanta Motor Speedway race in March 2006. And he did.

He noted that his father underwent heart bypass surgery in his ‘60s but lived to be 91. And high blood pressure runs in his family, on his mother’s side.

Nelson and Paula encourage anyone with a family history of heart problems, or anyone who is experiencing any symptoms, even if they are subtle, to consult their medical provider as soon as possible.

“It can make a huge difference on your quality of life and your future.” Nelson said.

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