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  • Blog Post: We've Come So Far, North Carolina!

    On August 7th, Governor McCrory signed the state budget. This year's short session has been a lively one with some surprises including that the Legislature still has not concluded session and that we expect the Legislature will return for work this November on Medicaid Reform. As always, we will...
  • Blog Post: Mary Kay Ballasiotes

    Mary Kay Ballasiotes, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Mary Kay Ballasiotes has been advocating for children for over 15 years. Her daughter, Michelle had a stroke before she was born and that moment changed both of their lives forever. Mary Kay’s advocacy days started in 2002 in Chicago where she founded...
  • 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: 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: Debra Wells

    Debra Wells, District of Columbia Don’t ever let yourself wind up like Debra Wells. Doctors confirm her heart stopped for almost 20 seconds. Today she’s alive to tell about it, and it was a rough road. Before her heart problems, Debra was a successful business woman, working as Vice...
  • 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: “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: 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: 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: Celebrating City Council for Work on Telehealth Act

    On November 1st, the American Heart Association (AHA) co-hosted a press conference to appauld D.C. City Council for the passage of the D.C. Telehealth Reimbursement Act of 2013. AHA strongly supported the D.C. Telehealth Reimbursement Act of 2013 introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh. This bipartisan...
  • Blog Post: A Real Wake Up Call!

    You’re the Cure advocate, Joe Vetter, has spent the last 12 years hearing from his wife, Betsy Vetter (NC AHA Sr. Director of Government Relations) about the risk factors and warning signs of heart attack and stroke. What Joe could not have told you before July 29 th , was just how relevant Betsy’s...
  • Blog Post: Catching the Advocacy “Bug”

    Join Jennifer Park as she answers questions about her advocacy experiences with You’re the Cure and about what drives her passion for the issues for which she advocates. Read below to learn what all Jennifer has to say about You’re the Cure. How did you develop interest in advocacy? Also...
  • Blog Post: Let Freedom Ring!

    You have the power! The power of your voice in shaping government is a huge and beautiful part of what it means to be an American. Using your power to forward the policies you believe in is what advocacy is all about. We, the people, have the right to express our opinions, and to tell our lawmakers how...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Heart Beat, volume 6

    Lawmakers have been busy with the state budget and tax reform during the past few weeks. This week the House of Representatives passed their version of the state budget. We were disappointed that the House did not include any funding for tobacco use prevention programs, mirroring the Governor’s...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Amie Hsia

    Dr. Amie Hsia, District of Columbia How do you build a passion for stroke? Dr. Amie Hsia is absolutely driven to reduce the gap in knowledge about stroke awareness. As a stroke fellow at Stanford University, Hsia was asked to work on stroke issues in the community. She was staggered by the lack of...
  • Blog Post: Stroke: Do you know the signs?

    My husband, Paul Berger, suffered a stroke over 25 years ago at the age of 36, when he was at the gym exercising. He had the worst headache ever, and was suffering from extreme dizziness. He asked the attendant at the desk for an aspirin. Fortunately, they called an ambulance. If he had been at home...
  • Blog Post: SB 456: Designate Primary Stroke Centers Signed By Governor!

    You're the Cure advocates spoke, and NC legislators listened! They passed SB 456 unanimously, and it's been signed into law by the Governor. SB 456 will help make fast, quality treatment available to those in our state who suffer a stroke. by designating qualified facilities as Primary Stroke...
  • Blog Post: Breanna Sudano

    Breanna Sudano, Maryland On September 27, 2011, two weeks before my 14 th birthday, while playing in a field hockey game for my high school, I collapsed and went into sudden cardiac arrest. Two coaches recognized that I was not breathing and without hesitation, immediately started CPR. I was also...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Heart Beat, volume 5

    It has been a busy legislative session and intensity is building with each passing day. Last week we held our breath tight while we fought to keep our smoke-free law strong and we let out a sigh of relief when SB 703 didn’t make the crossover deadline. That said we have to remain vigilant that...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Heart Beat, volume 4

    This week by unanimous vote , the NC House approved SB 98 Require Pulse Oximetry Newborn Screening and SB 456 Designate Primary Stroke Centers. The bills, having won the approval of the General Assembly have now been presented to the Governor, who has 10 days to decide to sign, veto or take no action...
  • Blog Post: 4 F.A.S.T Steps to Recognizing Stroke

    We want to invite you to ignite a conversation about stroke to help educate those around you as we enter into American Stroke Month. Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of long-term preventable disability in the United State, yet Americans don’t consider stroke to be a major...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Street Heart Beat, volume 3

    For this legislative update, we have some exciting news regarding one of our top federal legislative priorities, National Institutes of Health Funding. At the state level, we have been very busy seeing positive movement on our top issues. As always, thank you for your efforts and please stay tuned to...
  • Blog Post: Support Quality Stroke Care for North Carolina

    Stroke could be anyone's unwelcome visitor, young or old, male or female. We must be prepared. SB 456 will provide quality of care guidance for facilities to be certified "Primary Stroke Centers," ensuring the best level of care is available to the public, and that the public knows where...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Street Heart Beat, volume 2

    It has been a busy start to the legislative session. Lawmakers hit the ground running and haven’t slowed down. Here is the latest news on our top priorities: Pulse Oximetry: HB 105/SB 98 Require Pulse Oximetry Newborn Screening was introduced on Valentine’s Day. HB 105 passed the NC House...
  • Blog Post: Learn to Identify Strokes F.A.S.T

    Today the American Stroke Association is holding a Social Media Day of Action to engage as many Americans as possibly in the new “F.A.S.T” stroke awareness campaign. Check out this new infographic about recognizing the signs and symptoms of stroke: http://bit.ly/FASTinfographic We thought...