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$40,000 left to hospital in estate of Roy Amble

Tim and Diane Jasperson (center), executors of the Roy L. Amble estate, presented staff from Hudson Hospital & Clinics with a $40,000 gift benefiting the cardiac rehabilitation program. Submitted photo

The estate of North Hudson resident Roy Amble has bequeathed more than $40,000 to the Hudson Hospital Foundation on behalf of the cardiac rehabilitation program.

Amble died in March 2008 but had survived multiple heart attacks over the years, and was often a patient of the cardiac rehabilitation program as well as a daily user of the hospital's fitness center.

"Roy had a spirit of independence and mobility - even after the heart attacks," said Diane and Tim Jasperson, longtime friends and neighbors of Amble. "There wasn't much that could keep him away from his friends over at the hospital."

The Jaspersons, executors of the estate, presented the gift at a gathering on March 17 which included hospital and clinic staff members who were Roy's friends and caregivers over the years.

"Following medical advice, keeping fit and having friends are keys to recovery and health after surviving heart events," according to Alison Egan, cardiac therapist/fitness center coordinator. "We have witnessed the success of these words over many years in the life of Roy Amble."

The estate's gift will be used to help support the cardiac rehabilitation program with fitness equipment, education and patient support resources, said Foundation President Kari Kane Rambo.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help heart patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical, mental and social functioning. The goal is to stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease, another cardiac event or death.