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Each heart along Michigan Avenue tells a different story about heart disease.

‘I’ve never had my own heart': Two-time heart transplant recipient sheds light on American Heart Month

by Bernard A. Lubell
Feb 09, 2011

Bill Coon doesn’t ever remember having his own heart.

Now just 21 years old, Coon, a student at Columbia College, has already had two heart transplants and a kidney transplant. With no art experience, Coon painted a heart which now appears on Michigan Avenue as a part of the Hearts a Bluhm Campaign. The heart health awareness campaign is sponsored by Northwestern University’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

Over at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. George Kondos discusses the importance of maintaining heart health. American Heart Month runs throughout February.