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  • 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: Jennifer & Joel Griffin

    On June 8, 2012, Gwyneth Griffin, a 7th grader at A. G. Wright Middle School, collapsed in cardiac arrest. Several critical minutes passed before her father, Joel, reached her. CPR had not been initiated. “ There was no one else taking care of my daughter, so I had to ,” said Joel. Gwyneth’s...
  • 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: The Way to Help Virginia's Uninsured Get Coverage

    Insured individuals are more likely to take their medication, more likely to control their blood pressure, and more likely to check their cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s evaluation is that access to health insurance is critical to the goals of...
  • Blog Post: Spend 30 minutes Learning Hands-Only CPR to Give the Gift of a Lifetime

    A twelve year old girl learned CPR in school on a Friday, and only 8 days later she used that lesson to save her grandfather’s life. A young man was shopping in a clothing store when a gentleman near him dropped to the ground. He sprang into action using CPR skills he had learned not long before...
  • 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: Jodi Lemacks

    Jodi Lemacks, Virginia In June of 2003, my third child, Joshua, was born via c-section. Diagnosed with a Critical Congenital Birth Defect (CCHD) before birth, he was immediately whisked away to the hospital next door for his first of three open heart surgeries, without me even getting a glimpse of...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Big Win for Babies

    These are exciting times in VA! Governor McAuliffe has signed House Bill 387 and Senate Bill 183 into law, and pulse oximetry screening of all newborns will soon be the standard of care in Virginia. This new statewide policy will guarantee that each newborn in Virginia is tested for Critical Congenital...
  • Blog Post: Advocates and Legislators Support Breanna‚Äôs CPR Bill at MD Lobby Day

    The American Heart Association, the Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus, and the American College of Cardiology hosted our 2014 Maryland Legislative Event and Lobby Day on February 6 th in the House Building in Annapolis. It was a very successful event and greatly appreciated by all those who attended...
  • 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: 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: Kendra Meiklejohn

    Kendra Meiklejohn, Virginia My husband and I were so excited at the ultrasound to find out the sex of our second child. We had our son with us. We were joking and talking with the tech. She suddenly grew quiet. When the doctor came in and viewed the ultrasound, he was also very quiet. It didn’t...
  • Blog Post: What's on Tap for VA Session

    Happy New Year! The new state General Assembly session (beginning Jan 8), promises to be an important one for VA 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Cruise Thru!

    Cruise thru our website and tailor your profile so You’re the Cure can match your interests better! Just login with your email and password (or you can quickly register if you haven’t done so yet) in the red box at the top of the screen. Then click your name to go to your profile and mark...
  • Blog Post: Nancy Chapman

    Nancy Chapman, District of Columbia Nancy Chapman has seen it all. A long-time advocate and volunteer for the American Heart Association, Nancy has been a true champion for nutrition and heart health both nationally and locally. Toward the beginning of her career, Nancy was teaching nutrition classes...
  • Blog Post: Who Cares?

    You care about the same thing we care about: building healthy bodies free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. You’re the Cure tackles this through policy change, and those who make up the network are its life-blood. We’re only as strong as our advocates’ voices, and when we are successful...
  • Blog Post: The Staggering Effects of Physical Inactivity

    You've seen them. The statistics. The Charts. The Graphs. The Pictures. They all demonstrate the need for physical activity and healthy eating, which help to power the passion behind our efforts to advance policy. Knowing the facts, and having them right are crucial as we meet with lawmakers to...
  • Blog Post: Neil Dorsey

    Neil Dorsey, North Carolina Why am I an advocate? What got me started down this path? I have always felt the need to speak up about issues that impact on our lives. I once heard at a meeting that we advocate for those folks who cannot speak or do not have a voice in decisions being made about their...
  • 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: Funding Nabbed to Help EMS Save Heart Attack Victims

    Is your local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system ready? If the EMS vehicle responding to your 9-1-1 call has a 12-lead ECG machine on board, they can diagnose the most severe form of heart attack right on the scene. More EMS in Virginia will have this life-saving equipment because of funding You’re...
  • Blog Post: 2013 Virginia General Assembly Session Review: HB 2026/SB 986 - Gwyneth's Law

    Thirteen year old Gwyneth Griffin died after suffering a cardiac arrest at school, and her parents and others have been working ever since to make sure Virginia has a growing population of citizens trained to respond to a cardiac emergency. Sudden cardiac arrest is exactly like it sounds. It's...