Feast benefits American Heart Association

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By Lia

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) - Live music played as steaks sizzled on the grill inside Music Man's Bar-B-Que Tuesday evening. The second annual American Heart Association fundraiser dinner was sold out with 150 guests.

For just $25, guests got to feast on Prime Rib, various trimmings, dessert, wine and beer. All the money supports the Trident Health American Heart Association Heart Walk Team.

The man behind the fundraiser is restaurant owner Gene Cribb. At 64, he was at an opening football game at Berkeley High School when his life was forever changed.

"I was sitting in the bleachers with my son and two minutes before halftime I started feeling a little nauseous," he said. "I told him at half time if I didn't feel any better we would have to go home."

Cribb didn't make it to halftime. Just seconds before, he went into cardiac arrest.

"I don't know what triggered it. It wasn't like a heart attack to me. I grabbed my son on the shoulder and said I feel like I'm going to pass out. That's the last thing I remember."

The football game went silent, as two guardian angels sitting in the bleachers with him came to his rescue.

Angel Holten, a clinical coordinator for respiratory therapy at Trident says she and her co-worker quickly went to work with their training.

"I just heard somebody in the stands saying I think somebody down there needs help," she said, "and I stood up and saw my co-worker who was at the game initiate CPR and I ran down to help her."

The two Trident staff members got Cribb back on his feet and a second chance at life that he says he is forever grateful to have.

"I had all my angels and God looking out for me," he said. "It just wasn't my time yet."

The near death experience has made him value life and count his blessings everyday.

"It changed my life dramatically. I feel great," he said.

That particular moment has created a life-long friendship between Music Man and Trident Health. Each and every year, Cribb says the two will team up to raise money for the American Heart Association and the Heart Walk event.