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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: 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: 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: Bruce Hoffman, Connecticut

    Working as a volunteer advocate for the American Heart Association has become a real passion of mine. I wear many hats in my professional life and I see firsthand the importance of AHA’s advocacy agenda. I am also a volunteer advisor and trainer for the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corp and the...
  • 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: 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: Ryan Boutin, New Hampshire

    On 07 July 2008, at seven years old, Ryan awoke with abdominal pain. We took him to the Pediatrician’s office that afternoon, and he had an emergency appendectomy at 5pm. While in recovery, the Anesthesiologist informed us that he had noticed an irregular heartbeat. Our Pediatrician ordered additional...