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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kristen Waters

    I’ve been with the American Heart Association as the Nebraska Communications Director for the past two years, but my time with AHA extends beyond that. Let me take you back to 2008. I was living in the big city - our nation’s capital – and working for a big time trade association...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Mhire

    Jenny Mhire Missouri With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR. He’d never used those skills, though – not until his wife needed her life to be saved. It was April 2008, and Jeremy, Jenny...
  • Blog Post: Advocdate Spotlight: Janelle Hoven and Katie Greenlee

    In September 2009, Janelle Hoven and Katie Greenlee were invited to join the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon Executive Leadership Team. Janelle and Katie, a mother-daughter team, became involved with the mission of Go Red, the American Heart Association’s nationwide...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Robert Oatfield

    Dr. Robert Oatfield, Professor of Medicine and Cardiac and Peripheral Interventional Cardiologist, has been involved as an advocate for the American Heart Association for decades and has seen the organization grow and change. His interest in advocacy stems from working with community leaders to make...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dan & Andrea Solero

    Dan & Andrea Solero Mooresville, IN 19 years ago my dad, a physician, said my boyfriend would have a heart attack by the time he was 40. Why would he scare me like this at 22 years old? Why would I care that was a life time away. I’ve been married to that man for 13 years now. When he turned...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Dina Piersawl

    Dina Piersawl Chicago, IL I suffered a mini-stroke on January 2, 2004, but my story began a few days earlier during the holidays. I was visiting my parents in Kentucky and had a nagging headache. My mother told me that my eyes looked funny and asked me what was wrong - a mother always knows when there...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kaelyn Mulcahy

    Kaelyn Mulcahy Apple Valley, MN Last year, when I was 21, I had three strokes. I was at work when the first one happened. I was dizzy and a little disoriented with a bad headache on the left side of my head and sharp pain at the back of my neck. After an hour and still not feeling well I went home...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Katie Krisko-Hagel

    Katie Krisko-Hagel Eagan, MN I am a registered nurse. My Ph.D. is in nursing with a specific focus on heart disease, especially in women. My stroke story is about my mother who died from stroke and heart disease six years ago. It was 1995 when she presented to an emergency room after having experienced...
  • Blog Post: Recognizing the Value of Quality P.E. Education

    Amy Heuer and Lois Mauch North Dakota Quality Physical Education (QPE) today is not recognizable as the physical education classes many of us remember from our schooling. The focus has gone from the rules and regulations and play of specific sports, to the education of the physical abilities needed...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Quality Physical Education - What is it?

    Breon Schroeder Derby Spearfish SD and Chadron NE Some individuals may remember a time where ‘gym’ class revolved around an unstructured chaos of playing dodge-ball, being picked last for teams, and sitting on the sidelines while the instructor focused on getting his or her athletes prepared...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Story: Ryan Radermacher

    Ryan Radermacher North Dakota The rural Casselton farmer, Ryan Radermacher, was only 45 years old when he experienced a STEMI, the most deadly type of heart attack also known as a widow maker. Ryan’s first symptom was heavy sweating followed by not feeling well and shortness of breath, and...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dr. Jim Blaine

    Dr Jim Blaine Missouri As an Emergency physician for 17 years, Dr. Jim Blaine is very aware of the devastation caused by cardiovascular disease. As a Family Physician for the last 15 years, he acknowledges that most cardiovascular disease can be prevented. Recently, Dr. Blaine has become a Provider...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kaala Berry

    Kaala Berry Kansas I am a junior at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, KS. Since 2011, I have been actively volunteering in various American Heart Association initiatives such as health fairs, “Power To End Stroke” program and advocacy efforts such as Hands Only CPR, Healthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dezi Hamann

    Dezi Hamann Iowa Dezi exudes strength and joy. As his mom, and as a heart mom, I owe it to him to do everything I can to help sustain the progress that was made by three pioneers with heart babies. It was April 21, 2013 that our baby was diagnosed with a CHD and that moment feels like it was a...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Lisa Bockman

    Lisa Bockman Nebraska It was a typical Monday night for the Bockman family - they had just finished dinner and were getting ready to watch a movie together. Suddenly, without warning, Lisa collapsed and stopped breathing. Her son Darian, remembering that their neighbor was a nurse, went and got her...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Sheri Keck

    Sheri Keck South Dakota Sheri Keck is an active, 54 year old physical education teacher and a coach at Rapid City Stevens High School. Her first indication of trouble came in the form of back pain after a road trip which she wrote off as fatigue from the long car ride. Less than two months later Sheri...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dustin Palmer

    Dustin Palmer Salem, IL Last fall I was a normal guy, working a normal job, living a normal life..if there is such a thing. I was in good shape..running several miles a day and working out. And spending every minute I could with my beautiful two year old boy. Then it all changed. One day after work...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Nixon

    Jenny Nixon Iowa-RVP Youth Market "I don’t think I am doing anything amazing, or that there's something special about what I do (as a manager). I just think, No. 1, it's important that your team knows you care for them. And No. 2, that you have fun. Laugh and have a good time. Especially...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jene Hong

    Jene Hong Kansas Throughout the course of my life I have had two strong yet contradictory thoughts. One, our bodies are truly amazing and only a divine being could create something so flawlessly. Secondly, my family would be healthy until we get “old”. My parents had made many unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Janell Husky

    Janell Husky Missouri I have been a registered nurse for the past 30 years. I had some familiarity with heart disease, early on, as my career began with critical care but just not in the cardiac unit. In 2003, I decided to further my career through Nursing Education. This path has allowed me to get...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kristin VanSingel

    Kristin VanSingel Michigan My name is Kristin VanSingel, and I am a heart survivor. I was born on July 23, 1982 with critical aortic stenosis. At one day old I had my first open heart surgery (valvotomy) at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. I was in the ICU for six weeks on a ventilator...
  • Blog Post: CPR Saved My Dad

    Pamela Miller Grassroots Advocacy Director In my work as Grassroots Advocacy Director for the AHA, I advocate every day for policies that improve our cardiovascular health – things like smoke free air, research funding, access to AEDs and learning CPR. I am passionate about our mission and how...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Joel Robbins

    Joel Robbins Lafayette, IN My name is Joel Robbins and to quote the ER Doctor, I’m “one lucky dude”. On Aug 25th, 2010, my life changed in a heart-beat….or rather, lack thereof. As we would find out later, an unknown blood clot released from wherever it was hiding and I suddenly...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tori Seward

    Tori Seward Springfield, IL I am a 34 year old stroke survivor, and mommy of a beautiful 3 year old boy named Maddox. He is the reason I have pushed so hard to recover, he is the reason I keep going even when I feel like giving up! I may not get back to the way I was before the stroke, but I am adjusting...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jerilyn Alexander

    Jerilyn Alexander North Dakota Jerilyn Alexander is the Stroke Coordinator at Trinity Hospital in Minot, where she is dedicated to improving outcomes for stroke patients. Recently, Jerilyn helped to coordinate a Stroke Support group in her community to raise awareness of stroke symptoms and enable...