Mariann Geyer and her husband Stan Geyer are an active couple. But one day during a standard bike ride, Mariann Geyer watched in horror as Stan Geyer fell off his bike and went into cardiac arrest.
Within moments, two strangers rushed to their side. One performed CPR until the ambulance arrived. The other held Mariann Geyer’s hand to pray.
"I would have died," Stan Geyer said. "They told me I was essentially dead for about 10-15 minutes."
In their haste, Stan Geyer was rushed to the hospital and Mariann never got the name of the woman who saved his life.
"I would thank her because, without her, my husband wouldn't be here today," Mariann Geyer said. "And I think about her every day."
When the Geyers story aired on local news, Gina Wilkes, the woman who performed CPR on Stan, was watching. Eventually, the Geyers were able to meet Wilkes in person.
"Meeting her was very special to me because I got to say thank you in person," Stan Geyer said. "I got to meet the woman that saved my life and I got to express my gratitude for her act of kindness and charity."
Once a stranger, Wilkes is now family to the Geyers.
"Life is very fragile and very resilient," Stan Geyer said. "Fragile in that we can be here today and gone tomorrow, and resilient because with the kindness of passers-by, even when we face life-threatening obstacles, we continue to survive."