Kathy Izard

Like most people, Kathy had never heard of SCAD until 2013 when her husband, Charlie, suffered a heart attack at age 54. Although Charlie had complained of chest and arm pain in the months preceding his heart attack, he was in excellent health with no risk factors for cardiovascular disease so his symptoms were dismissed as stress-related. Because SCAD has been traditionally associated with women and pregnancy, it was months after his heart attack before Charlie was confirmed to be a SCAD survivor by the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Kathy has been involved in health and human service issues in Charlotte, NC, for more than 20 years. As a member of the Women’s Impact Fund, she helped evaluate and make grants to human service organizations serving emerging needs. She has been involved with the Urban Ministry Center since 1995 and became the director of that organization’s first housing effort in 2008. Kathy successfully directed Charlotte’s first permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men and women, opening Moore Place, an 85-unit apartment complex, in 2012. Her book, The Hundred Story Home, was published in 2016.

Kathy promotes education, advocacy and research for SCAD survivors and their families. Kathy and Charlie enjoy traveling, outdoor sports and spending time with their four daughters.