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Paul Perkins’ story is not so much about him as it is about you.

On March 17, 2014, Paul E. Perkins underwent surgery for a double organ transplant, heart and kidney, but he almost didn’t survive to tell his story. After years of chronic heart disease, which eventually caused irreparable harm to his kidneys, Paul faced death … again.

The lessons he’s learned from thriving after being given less than 2% chance of survival, from falling into a pit of despair and depression, from being forced as a confident banker into a helpless patient’s role, are ones every woman and man can benefit from. As numerous readers of his book, Death Defied, Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir have said, “I couldn’t put the book down, it was a quick, exciting, and educational read. I am grateful to learn what Paul learned without having to go through the things he did.”

Anita Agers Brooks, his award-winning, multi-published co-author, is more than a writer, human personality expert, and life coach. She is also a living donor. On May 19, 1997, she donated a kidney to her sister, and lived through her own amazing experience. Anita’s passion as a patient advocate and life-appreciater are contagious, making her a highly sought-after motivational and inspirational speaker for organizations across the globe. As one event planner summed up the expressions of many, “Anita has the unique ability to tailor messages especially for the audiences she serves, blending humor, deep insights, and practical takeaway. We definitely want to have her back again.”

But another thing Paul and Anita have in common is banking — community banking. They understand the powerful impact caring financiers can have on their neighbors and their regions. Banking with Heart was born from Anita and Paul’s shared experience and desire to help an industry that can make a real difference in a relevant way for 21st century people. The Banking with Heart outreach program is only one way to connect hearts, minds, and spirits in order to bring about a much greater good for all. For more information, email Ashley at [email protected].