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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: 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: Mindy Beyer, Maine

    I was born with a complex congenital heart condition. My parents were told that if I made it to the age of three I would be lucky. I am now 34 years old and a cardiac nurse. Recently, (much to the amazement of my cardiologist), I became a mother to a beautiful baby boy. Not bad for someone not expected...
  • 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: 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: Melinda Murray, New York

    On October 5, 2009, my only child, Dominic Murray, a seemingly healthy 17 year-old, collapsed on the basketball court at Farmingdale State College during a pick-up game. After attempting a lay-up he took three steps and collapsed on the court. I was told that within minutes following his collapse, Dominic...
  • Blog Post: Andrea Karpinski, New Hampshire.

    On May 7th 2011, I went to my health club to get in a workout before studying for my college finals. I went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the treadmill. Luckily, the woman exercising next to me called 911 and someone did CPR on me until EMTs arrived in time to save my life with an automated external...