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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: AHA Connecticut Participates in The Rally for Medical Research Lobby Day

    Connecticut Advocacy participated in the 2013 Rally for Medical Research lobby day. Nearly 300 people form 40 states convened on Capitol Hill meeting with elected officials and their staff in 250 Congressional offices to urge congress to invest in the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the health...
  • Blog Post: Karen Christensen, Connecticut

    I am a volunteer with the American Heart Association and a true believer in its mission. I have participated as a Team Captain for the Heart Walk in West Haven, am looking to expand my activity in the “You’re the Cure” network, and am examining ways I can assist in the Fairfield Walk...
  • Blog Post: A Medical Research Fly-In Volunteer who truly leads a "Civic Minded" Life

    Kevin Ward lives and breathes the concept of leading a “Civic Minded” life. He has participated in a number of Heart Walks and is setting up a car show to benefit the American Heart Association. His first cardiac event occurred at age 16 while he was sitting in class. It was at this...
  • Blog Post: Elise Baldacci, Maine

    My dad passed away from a congenital heart defect when I was 18 years old. I was away at college, just starting my second semester, when I got the call that my dad was gone. The next few months, to say the least, were a mix of many emotions. My dad was the rock of my life and living without him was and...
  • Blog Post: Louise Beaulieu, Maine

    "People say to me that if I had a heart attack, anyone could. This was a wake-up call to everyone." Louise feels it is imperative that she share her story with other Maine women, so that they take care of themselves so that they can be around for their families.  This is why she is speaking...
  • Blog Post: Richard Veilleux, Maine

    In March 1980 I was expecting a visit from my Mom and Dad. Instead, I got a phone call from my brother telling me that my Dad had suffered a heart attack. That was the first of several cardiac problems my father has lived through. Now, 32 years later, he is still going strong, still able to do the gardening...
  • Blog Post: Heart Disease hits home

    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. My Thanksgiving was extremely poignant this year. My younger sister Kate passed away from Pulmonary Hypertension on November 17th. This rare heart condition strikes young women and is very difficult to diagnose and treat...
  • Blog Post: Matt Keene, New Hampshire

    In October of 2006, I was a high school athlete on the football field when I collapsed and stopped breathing, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 17.  Thanks to the staff at Kimball Union Academy who used their CPR training and their automated external defibrillator (AED), I was revived and...
  • Blog Post: Len Wallace, Connecticut

    I was born in 1982 with a rare congenital heart defect known as an endocardial cushion defect with a hypoplastic left ventricle. In laymen’s terms, I was born with a weakened left ventricle which would take a pulmonary banding in my infancy to the time I was eight years old, when I underwent an...
  • Blog Post: Frank Mastrangelo, Massachusetts

    It was a warm day in June of 2006 when my parents returned to my home in Shirley, MA following my 10 year old daughter’s dance recital. Shortly after they returned I noticed my father groaning and somewhat slumping on the living room couch where he sat. My mother thought he was just moaning again...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Michaela Gagne

    Michaela Gagne Massachusetts As a student at Durfee High School, Michaela was a top scholar-athlete and graduated in the Top 10 of her class of 500 students. She was a three-sport varsity athlete, participating in basketball, soccer and track and field. During her senior year, she was diagnosed with...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Judy Richards

    Judy Richards Massachusetts Judy’s daughter Kayla was a healthy and active 22-year-old. She had just entered the Radiographic Technology Program at Massasoit Community College, and was working at Jordan hospital in the diagnostic imaging program. A healthy young girl, she worked out often at...
  • Blog Post: Pat Degon, Massachusetts

    In her career as a Health and Physical Education educator, Pat has modeled the very highest standards of equity, access, and excellence in delivery/design of curriculum, professionalism, and collaboration in her interactions with staff members, students, parents, and colleagues. Pat has demonstrated...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Amy Wolfe

    Amy Wolfe Massachusetts Amy Wolfe is a stay at home mother of 3 wonderful children; Allison, Andrew, and Ryan. Her oldest child, Allison, was born in 1999 with a very severe form of heart disease called Tetralogy of Fallot. In addition to her diagnosis of TOF, she was also found to have a snaking...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Debra and Christopher Bader

    Debra and Christopher Bader Massachusetts Debra Bader was taking a walk in the woods with her 53-year-old husband Chris one morning when suddenly he collapsed. At first she thought the situation was hopeless. "I looked at him and said, 'He's dead,' because he wasn't moving or...
  • Blog Post: John and Luann Ellsessar, Massachusetts

    Michael wore No.99 on his football jersey, but his parents would say that he was No. 1 in their hearts. Michael loved all sports, playing football in the fall, track and field in the spring, but his passion was hockey in the winter. He was a great student and a great teammate. In the fall of 2010, it...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Stephen Cook

    Stephen Cook New York Dr. Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, is dual trained in pediatric and adult-internal medicine. After completing his residency and a chief resident year in Buffalo NY, he joined the Golisano Children's Hospital at URMC in 2001. He completed an academic pediatric fellowship here, during...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Joe and Olivia Quigley

    Joe and Olivia Quigley Massachusetts More than two-dozen first-graders were squealing and bouncing balls on a mid-February morning in the gym at a school in Boston when 6-year-old Olivia suddenly collapsed. No one saw it coming. The little girl with the strawberry blonde hair and no front teeth had...
  • Blog Post: Michelle Johnston, Vermont

    I'm alive because my husband knew CPR. Shelburne resident, and cardiac arrest survivor Michelle Johnston suffered sudden cardiac arrest in October 2009 and was saved by her husband. But that is not the end of her story. As an advocate in Vermont Michelle worked tirelessly to get legislation passed...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tommy Watson

    Tommy Watson Williston,Vermont Fourteen year old Tommy Watson is making a difference. He’s already trained more than 500 people in Hands-only CPR, including the Governor and Lt. Governor. And he worked hand in hand with the American Heart Association, testifying before house and senate committees...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bill Hathaway

    Bill Hathaway Bennington, Vermont Bill Hathaway is the Director of Bennington Rescue. He’s a passionate advocate on stroke and Chain of Survival issues, serves on the AHA’s advocacy committee in Vermont and played an instrumental role in the passage of CPR in schools legislation last session...
  • Blog Post: Lisa Deck, Rhode Island & Massachusetts

    My name is Lisa Deck. Most people I encounter don’t know that I am a three time stroke survivor. My first stroke occurred when I was just 21 years old, one week before my college graduation. Most of my friends were going to American University’s graduating class Booze Cruise while I was checking...
  • Blog Post: Robert Zimmerman, New Jersey

    Pitman Police Chief Robert Zimmerman believed himself to be a healthy 46 year old: he doesn’t smoke or have diabetes and he had normal blood pressure. He did have a history of high cholesterol, but that had been addressed years ago and was under control. He has a history of heart disease in his...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Pam Coleman

    Pam Coleman Whitehouse Station, New Jersey I was born with a congenital heart valve defect which was detected at birth. I had three open heart surgeries by the time I was 30. My first surgery was at age 7 to repair my valve. Unfortunately that was not successful and at age 13 my valve was replaced...