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  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Michelle Allen

    Michelle Allen Rockford, IL Ten years ago I lost my 37 year old husband to heart disease (at the time, our children were ages 1 and 3). Five years prior to that, I lost my father to heart disease. These losses compelled me to do all that I can to become involved in raising awareness about heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sophia Foster

    Sophia Foster Kansas Cassandra is thankful for a simple screening test for newborns, not yet required in Kansas, as it saved her baby’s life. That screening, called a pulse oximetry test, found the oxygen level in her first child, Sophia, to be dangerously low. It was the first step to discovering...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Linda Dickson

    Linda Dickson Missouri As we travel down the road of life, we can choose the paths we would like to take but sometimes a path is chosen for us. This path can look very scary at first but then you realize it has made your life even more meaningful. The events on March 22, 2007 chose a path that I would...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ardon Brandt

    Ardon Brandt Iowa I was a first-time mom-to-be. I was 11 days overdue. I was impatient. I wanted to meet my baby. After 34 hours of labor my nurse came racing into my room. She was moving the baby monitor around and getting agitated; she could not find my baby’s heartbeat. The OB was called...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Melanie Carvell

    Melanie Carvell is a physical therapist and Director of Sanford’s Women’s Health Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Melanie also leads Sanford Health’s Wellness at Work team which was chosen as an American Heart Association “Fit Friendly Worksite” this year. She has also...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Melinda Kentfield

    I want to tell you about my son, Taylor. And as a Mom, I want to do my part in making a difference in your lives, and in turn, asking you to do the same. Taylor Kentfield was born October 12 th , 1991. When he was born, they identified immediately that he had a heart defect. They diagnosed him with...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Brian Hambek

    Most 14 year old kids are not looking for CPR and First Aid certification unless directed that way through organizations like Boy Scouts and that’s where it started for me. I was proud to put a CPR Certification card in my wallet not knowing where it would take me. On a Saturday morning when...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Isaak James Denton

    Isaak James Denton Monticello, IN In 2005 after a perfect pregnancy, Isaak James was born. Immediately following the C-section, he was cyanotic and went to the NICU. After some tests, it revealed that Isaak was born with multiple heart defects. He was soon transferred to Peyton Manning’s Children’s...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bernard P. Friel

    Bernard P. Friel Mendota Heights, MN On February 27, 1969 at the age of 38, I suffered a myocardial infarction, a heart attack, that I was not expected to survive. I spent a week in the CCU unit, and 3 more weeks in the hospital. Angiograms indicated a significant block in the anterior descending...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tracy Green

    Tracy Green Springfield, IL My name is Tracy Green and I am a stroke survivor. On November 10, 2007 I was buying a new car but was not feeling well. I waited to fill out the paperwork but continued feeling worse. As the dealership closed, they drove me home knowing I could not drive. I was in my apartment...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Kent & Marcia Seeker

    Kent and Marcia Seeker Wisconsin On April 21st, 2009, my beloved wife, Marcia, suffered a heart attack just as we were going to bed. I wasn't sure WHAT was wrong, but I knew that I needed help and called 911. Amber, the 911 operator, had me relay what was happening then had me begin compression...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Amy Walters

    This month's Advocate Spotlight shines on Amy Walters. Amy has been a passionate You're the Cure advocate for several years, however, her leadership to implement CPR in schools has been instrumental in the success of this life-saving program. Recently, Amy shared with us where her passion for...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Breckyn Reynolds

    Breckyn Reynolds Kansas I had an uneventful pregnancy. After giving birth to my third daughter Breckyn, we noticed something wasn’t ‘quite right.’ However, no one at the hospital seemed concerned and they sent us home with our newborn baby girl. Weeks later, while we attended the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Renee Stringer

    Renee Stringer Iowa My heart issues became apparent in 2002 when I was having episodes where my heart would race to the point where my body would cough excessively until my heart would resume to normal. The episodes had been occurring for a couple of years, however I didn’t worry about them...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kim Edmonds

    Kim Edmonds Missouri My story begins, 42 years ago, at birth. From the beginning, I had been diagnosed with a heart murmur, which is not uncommon for newborns. It wasn’t until my sports physical during my senior year in high school until it was ever brought up again. Initially, I was misdiagnosed...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Katelynne Newton

    Katelynne Newton Avon, IN My name is Katelynne and I was diagnosed with Bradycardia a few years back. Bradycardia is a slow heart beat – less than 60 beats per minute. Despite my condition, I remain extremely active both at school and in the community. I am currently a senior in high school...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Lori Cooper

    Lori Cooper Hudson, IL On August 23, 2007 my life changed forever. I may not look like someone who has experienced heart disease, most people think men, overweight, smokers and people who don’t exercise. I just didn’t fit the bill. On that hot August day, I came home from work, lightheaded...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Brittany Cvitak

    Brittany Cvitak knows first-hand why being an advocate for the American Heart Association is so important - and can have an impact on saving lives. At 21 years old, Brittany is a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) and stroke survivor. Brittany uses her voice to help make change for others. Brittany's...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jamie LaLonde

    Jamie LaLonde Bloomington, MN My name is Jamie LaLonde I'm 20 years old and when I was 18 I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while working in the Mall of America. I was working and I asked to take my break early which was unusual for me to do. On my way to the break room where I would have...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Spotlight: Shayla Rost

    Shayla Rost, and kids like her, are the future of our advocacy efforts. And Shayla’s not wasting any time getting involved and making a difference! The South Dakota legislature is considering a measure that would encourage all schools in the state to provide CPR instruction prior to high school...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Steve Price

    Steve Price Missouri I am an active person and exercise regularly...lifting weights, running, biking etc. I limit fast foods and have a relatively healthy diet. I have a family history of heart disease. My father had a triple bypass; my mother has mild congestive heart failure, two stents and hypertension;...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jane Wolf

    Jane Wolf Iowa On May 3, 2006, I collapsed at home. My heart, after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery two weeks prior, quit. Due to forces I can only understand as divine, my heart started again on its own and allowed time for an ambulance to arrive. To this day, I have no recollection of making...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sandra Billinger

    Sandra Billinger Kansas I have been a supporter of the American Heart Association (AHA) since I was in the 5th grade. I was first introduced to them by my physical education teacher who suggested we participate in the Jump Rope for Heart event. We (our team) were supposed to raise money and try to...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Rhonda McDonnell

    Three months before her 40 th birthday, Rhonda McDonnell had a heart attack. Rhonda is a healthy, active, single mom of three kids. She is a non-smoker with no family history of heart problems. Rhonda did not know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, so when it happened to her, she had no idea...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Erin Cassidy

    Erin Cassidy Indiana It was a random Saturday, a normal one by all accounts. I spent the day teaching my fiancé’s, Steve’s, mother the basics of her new iPad. That evening Steve and I headed downtown to a very popular steak house to celebrate his upcoming birthday. We were midway...