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  • Blog Post: Rachel Henry, Massachusetts

    Eleven years ago, at the age of 30, Rachel suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in her doctor's office during a routine checkup. Thankfully, her doctor knew what was happening and Rachel was able to receive immediate lifesaving care. It was a long road, but she always says that stroke changed her physically...
  • Blog Post: Arzhang Fallahi, New York City

    Dr. Arzhang Fallahi is a well-versed advocate for CPR training. While in medical school in Seattle, almost of the patients he saw would have received bystander CPR. Victims of sudden cardiac arrest would be running in a park one moment, and the runner behind them would be pushing on their chest the next...
  • Blog Post: Mary Cushman - An Advocacy "Hero"

    American Heart Association Advocate and Board Member Mary Cushman takes her role as an advocate seriously, serving on both the Vermont and National AHA Advocacy Committees. As a physician and researcher, she knows both are important to preventing lives lost to heart disease and stroke. But she also...
  • Blog Post: Mended Little Hearts of Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association is proud to collaborate with Mended Little Hearts of Rhode Island to raise awareness of congenital heart defects. We are truly blessed to work with this amazing group of families and little heart heroes! Mended Little Hearts provides hope and support to children, families...
  • Blog Post: JoAnne & David Babbitt-Chatham, NJ

    JoAnne and David Babbitt founded the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation in 2007 in memory of their son John who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2006 while playing basketball. He was 16. Since its inception, the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation has donated numerous Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)...
  • Blog Post: Scott Nevers, Maine

    It was the hottest day of the summer—July 27, 2013. Scott had just finished up a few days of golf at Sugarloaf and was playing in a double-header softball game in Saco. Scott looped a single. The next batter hit the ball hard and Scott headed for home. After scoring, he said he did not feel well...
  • Blog Post: Katarina Weigel Keeps the Beat...

    Katarina Weigel is sophomore-nursing student at Pace University. She’s also a sudden cardiac arrest survivor and alive thanks to CPR. "I don’t look like the face of sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, any time. The faces of sudden cardiac arrest will...
  • Blog Post: Lynette Lopes, Rhode Island

    I was a healthy young woman preparing to marry in three weeks. I noticed I chest tightness and slowness. A concerned doctor friend advised investigation where my primary care physician did an EKG and referred me to a cardiologist, Dr. Luttmann. On December 26, 2008, my fiancé and I visited...
  • Blog Post: Bobby McKeeby, New Jersey

    Bobby McKeeby was at home in Newton, NJ last summer when a frantic woman appeared at his door. Her husband had lost consciousness in the passenger seat while she was driving. He was not breathing and needed help. After calling 911, Bobby went with the woman to her husband. Bobby had no medical training...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Named a Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts

    I am always so excited when our volunteers and advocates are recognized for their hard work! Diane Pickles was named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) as an Unsung Heroine. The MCSW is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance woman of the...
  • Blog Post: Kathleen Harrington, Rhode Island

    In the spring of 2004, our son Neil was a centerfielder for the Assumption College Greyhounds. During an away game he experienced shortness of breath and dizziness after running the bases. This continued to the point where he could no longer play and begrudgingly Neil alerted the coach, who in turn asked...
  • Blog Post: Kristina Hill - Stroke Hero

    Kristina Hill was only 13 when she suffered her stroke. She had classic stroke signs and symptoms and was rushed to her local hospital not long after the first onset of those symptoms, but because she was so young, the hospital did not think it was a stroke. She waited for a long time for a diagnosis...
  • Blog Post: Bob Goodman, New Jersey

    Bob Goodman was the picture of good health. His father died of a heart attack at the age of 57, when Bob was still a child. He knew that if he wanted to live a long, healthy life, it would be necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Bob’s daily routine included plenty of physical activity, including...
  • 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: 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: Dr. Seth Lapuk, Connecticut

    I was raised in a family committed to volunteerism. The American Heart Association has given me a home to continue this tradition. I have been a member of the North Central Connecticut Board of The American Heart Association for 4 years and have had the honor of being the Board President for the last...
  • 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...