February is Heart Health Month, and we’re sharing stories from people throughout our region who have received lifesaving blood as part of their heart-related treatment. This is Phil’s story …Hello, my name is Phil. I am a carpenter from mid-Illinois. In 2005, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure due to a flu I had caught. After a year and a half of treatment at Carle, I was put on the transplant list. I was on the list for five and a half weeks, and in October of 2006 I was given a second chance at life -- a new heart. The doctors said that without a new heart I had roughly 48 hours of life left. I am so blessed to have been given that gift.I'm not sure how much blood I received, but I am very thankful for the donations people make. Without that selfless generosity, I may not be here.Thank you for letting me share my story with you. Thank you all for the gifts you give, it helps so many people.