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  • Blog Post: Vermont Superhero Tommy Watson and Governor Kunin

    As National Superhero Day, April 28th draws near, we're sending a big "shout-out" to Tommy Watson. Tommy worked with the American Heart Association two years ago to pass legislation requiring Hands-only CPR to be taught in health classes in Vermont schools. And, like the Energizer Bunny...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Louis

    Last week, Karen Acompora wrote to many of you about her son Louis, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Please read Karen’s note about Louis and join her in calling for Governor Cuomo to take a stand to support CPR in Schools… Today marks 14 years since my son, Louis, played in his first...
  • Blog Post: Joan Helfman, New Jersey

    Joan Helfman has been a cardiovascular nurse for nearly 40 years. Twenty years ago, she became an active member of the Northern New Jersey Regional Board for the American Heart Association and is a dedicated You’re the Cure advocate. Joan has attended numerous lobby day events over the years...
  • Blog Post: Kristen Hickey, Connecticut

    I have always tried to make a difference in a patient’s life, but thanks to the American Heart Association, I can make a difference in lives of patient’s throughout Connecticut. I have been a Stroke Coordinator for the last 7 years and have a passion to improve stroke care for all of my patients...
  • Blog Post: Susan Young, Rhode Island

    While attending a party celebrating the birthday of one of my closest friends, my life came to a screeching halt. As dinner was taking place, I started to feel ill and headed for the ladies room. Fortunately for me, my friend Brenda found me in the restroom where I had become violently ill. I felt as...
  • Blog Post: A Young Hero: Molly Budzinski

    Molly Budzinski recently received the Heroine of the Heart Award from Senator Mark Grisanti, sponsor of the CPR in Schools bill. Molly received this prestigious award at Buffalo Go Red for Women Luncheon for her work to promote lifesaving CPR. Her tireless efforts led to the implementation of bystander...
  • Blog Post: Sherri Maloney, New Jersey

    On January 3, 2011, Sherri had a heart attack at age 41. She initially thought she was run down from the holidays and also had been battling a bad cold. She had started experiencing symptoms like extreme fatigue, overall weakness, nausea, a burning indigestion sensation, and a tingling in her arm. She...
  • Blog Post: Abby, Rhode Island

    Before our daughter, Abigail Grace, was born, we had never heard of a CHD, a Congenital Heart Defect. We didn’t know what it meant or just how prevalent (1/100 children) CHDs are. Everything through pregnancy and her birth had been smooth. We were filled with joy to finally meet our precious only...
  • Blog Post: Jane Cleaves, Maine

    My name is Jane Cleaves, I am a "mostly" retired nurse from Yarmouth, ME. I am also a board member and current advocacy committee member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Maine. I have been volunteering for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association...
  • Blog Post: Just your everyday heroes: Rich Albright and Jared Alpern

    Kids today?! Well, wait to you hear about these kids…Rich and Jared are seniors at Shaker High School in Latham, NY. Last year, Rich and Jared (pictured with AHA NYS Advocacy Committee Chair Dan Moran) approached school administrators to let them know something was missing in the curriculum: CPR...
  • Blog Post: Jamie, Rhode Island

    Jamie's story...shared by his Mom, Shannan. Jamie was diagnosed with congenital heart defects 22 weeks in utero. He was born in March of 2009 and was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum, Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome, and coronary defects. He has endured 3 open heart...
  • Blog Post: Rosalie Mayes, New Jersey

    As a retired intensive care nurse, Rosalie Mayes was aware of the attention given to heart disease in men. She considers herself fortunate because her heart disease was discovered during a routine physical examination, allowing her to take action and manage her condition. Rosalie is an American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Patti Mahoney, New Hampshire

    December 10th is such an important date to me and my family. Not only was my daughter, Kelly, born on that date, but six hours after her birth… I went into cardiac failure. After being rushed in to the Intensive Care Unit and placed on 100% life support, my doctors diagnosed me with idiopathic...
  • Blog Post: Karen Christensen, Connecticut

    Karen Christensen was born with a hole in her heart but that didn’t stop her from achieving her dream of skating in the Ice Capades. Christensen shared her story as an honoree for Fairfield County Heart Walk helping raise heart disease awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. She...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Tara Narula, New York

    Dr. Tara Narula is a member of our NYC Advocacy Committee and is a board certified cardiologist, serving as an Attending physician and Associate Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital/NSLIJ in Manhattan. She joined Lenox Hill Heart & Vascular Institute of New York in 2010 and provides...
  • Blog Post: Senator James E. Doyle, II, Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association recently recognized Senator James E. Doyle, II (District 8 – Pawtucket) for his commitment to fighting heart disease and stroke in Rhode Island. Doyle was presented with the 2013 Tracey A. Kennedy Leadership in Advocacy Award , a “lifetime achievement”...
  • Blog Post: Max Helfman, New Jersey

    Max Helfman got involved with the American Heart Association as a youth advocate at the age of 10, after losing his grandfather to heart disease and his soccer coach to sudden cardiac arrest. Now a high school senior, Max has attended "You’re the Cure on the Hill" lobby day several times...
  • Blog Post: Megan Allen, Maine

    My name is Megan Allen, and I live in Waterville, Maine. I am a member of You’re the Cure and volunteer for the American Heart Association because I believe it is critically important that all newborns are screened for critical congenital heart defects. The American Heart Association is leading...
  • Blog Post: John Potvin, Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association recently presented John Potvin, EMT-C, with the Heart of the Mission Award for Advocacy in recognition of his leadership and tireless efforts on the "CPR in Schools Law," which requires all RI high school students to receive hands-on CPR training and an overview...
  • Blog Post: Hilary Schae Lavorgna - Modeling the Fight Against Obesity

    Congratulations to advocacy volunteer Hilary Schae Lavorgna for “walking the walk” in the efforts to fight obesity! A student in Exercise Science at the University of Vermont, Hilary helped the American Heart Association lead an obesity workshop at a youth conference in Burlington this past...
  • Blog Post: Wendy Mono - New York City

    Wendy Mono, who serves as the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Advocacy Committee in New York City, has a long-standing commitment to policies that improve cardiovascular health. After her husband died from sudden cardiac arrest in 2001 while working out at his health club, she began volunteering...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney: FDA Needs to Regulate E-Cigarettes

    Vermont’s Attorney general joined more than 40 others recently to urge the Food and Drug Administration to take action soon to regulate e-cigarettes. Dr. Carney, a member of the American Heart Association’s Vermont Board and Associate Dean for Public Health at UVM’s Medical School...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Kenneth Maynard, New Jersey

    Dr. Maynard is an accomplished scientist who holds degrees in Human Sciences, Neurological Science and Neurobiology. He has a background in research of Cerebrovascular Disorders, such as stroke. He served as an Assistant Professor in Surgery (Neurosurgery) at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Neuroscientist...
  • Blog Post: Nancy Blasdell, Rhode Island

    While I was in nursing school my father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 64. It was his first and only episode. That was 33 years ago. Looking back, although my father was full of life and had an exciting career in the Navy for 30 years, he did not have healthy habits. He smoked cigars for over...
  • Blog Post: Elizabeth Roy, Maine

    I am Elizabeth Roy and I live in Albion, Maine. My second son, Brodyn has Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome, a severe underdevelopment of the left side of his heart. He was born with half a heart, and this defect was not detected in utero, or at birth. I had a normal pregnancy. I had a repeat C-section...