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  • Blog Post: Remembering the Heart of a Friend

    Last week, NC said good-bye to freshman lawmaker, Representative Jim Fulghum (R-Wake). He passed away on July 19 th after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 70. Representative Fulghum was a retired neurosurgeon and his medical experience was a true asset to the NC General Assembly. During his...
  • Blog Post: Amy Edmunds

    Amy Edmunds, South Carolina Opening doors has been the most rewarding aspect of my volunteer experience. Since experiencing ischemic stroke in 2002, I have been an actively engaged volunteer throughout the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Undoubtedly, the first door to open was my own! It has been an amazing...
  • Blog Post: Tell Us Who You Really Are!

    Tailor your experience with us! Your profile on the You’re the Cure website is vital for us to convey our policy needs. Keeping our advocates informed and up-to-date on policy issues is the best way to guarantee that our advocacy partnership stays strong and when we need to make a move, we can...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Two Year Anniversary Approaches!

    Approaching the two year anniversary of HB 837 brings back vivid memories of the anxiety I felt with my very first State Lobby Day. Intimidation, fear, and angst were some of the emotions, but because I truly believe in promoting awareness related to sudden cardiac arrest I did what any good ole'...
  • Blog Post: CPR Matters

    Sometimes you just need a lifesaver. Quickly. The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate from high school. The goal is to teach lifesaving CPR skills to as many teens and young adults as possible in every state to help...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Stomp NC Issues at Lobby Day

    On Wednesday, May 28 the North Carolina State Legislature saw a lot of red – in a good way. Over 50 of our passionate NC You’re the Cure advocates came together wearing their best AHA red and took over the halls of the Capitol buildings, using their powerful role as constituents to let their...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report

    Recently lawmakers, health advocates, and citizens across the country celebrated the 50 th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of smoking. You’re The Cure advocates have contributed greatly to the tobacco control movement. Pam Seamans, Executive Director of the North...
  • Blog Post: Can You Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.?

    Tick-tock, tick-tock. Every minute counts. Every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke. Timely response saves lives and is critical to help those affected not only survive but thrive as well. Approximately 700,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke each year, and stroke remains the third...
  • Blog Post: Look At All We've Done

    In the hustle and bustle of life, it seems there is always something that needs our attention. Maybe it’s a lunch appointment, a meeting after work – did you remember to call your mom to wish her a happy birthday? With so many things monopolizing our time, it begs the question: “Why...
  • Blog Post: Kick Butts Day!

    Today is Kick Butts Day, an annual day hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to celebrate youth leadership and activism in the fight against big tobacco. Kick Butts Day is particularly relevant this year as we mark the anniversary of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking. A new report...
  • Blog Post: How to Love Yourself for National Nutrition Month

    If a full commitment to healthy eating seems too tough to swallow, then start with a taste test. March is National Nutrition Month, a great time to love yourself a little more by trying some new habits that just may stick. Little by little, you’ll start to see a difference in how you feel and...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date: North Carolina State Lobby Day 2014!

    Mark your calendars now! Reserve Tuesday May 27 and Wednesday May 28 for the 2014 NC AHA You're the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day. The event will begin at 3:00 pm on Tuesday May 27th with an issues overview, advocacy training, and dinner with your fellow advocates. The following day will...
  • Blog Post: Juddson Rupp Wins Dr. Blackburn Award

    Last month the Advocacy Coordinating Committee met in the Raleigh office for our annual face-to-face meeting and awards ceremony. I never realize how much I miss everyone until we have cause to get together. Intertwined with session outlook updates and training we took time to recognize some hard...
  • Blog Post: Juddson Rupp

    Juddson Rupp, North Carolina I didn’t remember anything from my week in the hospital, but when a friend brought in a copy of the six o’clock news from October 27, 2000 I quickly realized that either that was a slow news day or that I was one lucky miracle survivor with an important story...
  • Blog Post: Heart of a Friend

    At our mid-December Advocacy Committee meeting, I got to do one of the best things about being a volunteer with the American Heart Association Advocacy Committee. I was privileged to present the AHA "Heart of a Friend" Award to North Carolina State Representative Jim Fulghum. Dr. Fulghum is...
  • Blog Post: Welcome, Kim!

    The Mid-Atlantic Government Relations team is pleased to announce that the American Heart Association Grassroots’ staff is growing. Please join us in welcoming to our team, Kim Chidester, Director of Grassroots and Local Advocacy. Kim will be focusing on North and South Carolina and is based out...
  • Blog Post: Rep. Glazier Presented with “Heart of a Champion” Award

    Last week the American Heart Association honored Rep. Rick Glazier with the North Carolina Heart of a Champion Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Heart Association on a legislator in North Carolina. Representative Glazier has been a consistent champion of all of the Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Use the Press to Push Policy Forward

    The press influences people. As You’re the Cure grassroots advocates, we need to influence people. Put 2 and 2 together, and You’re the Cure advocates can use the press to influence people. Let’s do it! Here’s a down and dirty guide to pushing a policy forward through a simple...
  • Blog Post: “Heart of a Friend” Award and Eastern NC Advocacy Meeting

    Recently, NC AHA Advocacy Coordinating Committee Chair, Yolanda Dickerson and stroke advocate, Marie Welch joined a group of Eastern NC advocates and presented Senator Louis Pate (R-Wayne) with the 2013 NC AHA You’re the Cure “Heart of a Friend” award for his leadership and sponsorship...
  • Blog Post: Stop the Harm Before it Starts: LTEs from Local Youth

    In December, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids released their Broken Promises Report . North Carolina did not fare well. In that report, NC ranked 45 th in protecting kids from tobacco. In 2013 the NC Legislature provided $1.2 Million in recurring funds for QuitlineNC which will provide assistance for...
  • Blog Post: What's on Tap for NC Session

    Happy New Year! The Legislative session beginning May 14 promises to be an important one for NC citizens. With a number of key issues expected on the docket, You're the Cure advocates will have opportunities to help drive significant advances critical to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Here's...
  • Blog Post: When Illness Becomes Wellness, Part 2

    Reflections on the CHOP Pediatric Stroke Conference This week Michelle Ballasiotes shares her experience at the Pediatric Stroke Conference at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Michelle is a prenatal stroke survivor and a You’re the Cure advocate. You can read about Michelle’s...
  • Blog Post: Chat Up Your Lawmakers Like a Champ

    Want to know how to make chatting up your lawmakers really count? A few simple steps make all the difference in the world, whether it’s in a phone conversation or a face-to-face visit. Share where you live, so they know they are working for you, their constituent. State the issue or need...
  • Blog Post: When Illness Becomes Wellness, Part 1

    Reflections on the CHOP Pediatric Stroke Conference This week on the blog we are going to highlight two of our North Carolina You’re the Cure volunteers as they share their stories from speaking at the Pediatric Stroke Conference at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Today’s...
  • Blog Post: Peak Behind the Scenes: How a Bill Becomes a Law

    All that stuff you learned back in school about how a bill becomes law takes on a whole new light when you’re a voting citizen. So here’s a little refresher on what happens behind the scenes! In the United States all of our laws began as bills. Bills must be approved by the US House of...