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A Big Heart is Mike Papale's story of surviving cardiac arrest,
learning to live with illness,
finding your life path,
& committing to helping others
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"The fact that Mike survived this out-of-the-blue, life-threatening cardiac event is itself a miracle.
What follows here is that story…one that is filled with courage, persistence, strength, and the unstoppable passion to prevent sudden cardiac death."
- DR. MARTIN MARON,
Director, HCM Institute at Tufts Medical Center
Since his miraculous recovery from sudden cardiac arrest at age 17, 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 his book, A Big Heart.
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—exploring a different challenge in each episode.
Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club, the Central CT Coast YMCA, the John Taylor Babbit Foundation, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Wallingford—part of a global network of 1 million+ problem-solvers dedicated to working together to create lasting change in the self, in the local community, and around the world.
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.