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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: Results of Public Opinion Poll Show Illinoisans Support Daily Physical Education

    Last month, advocates from across the state gathered in Springfield to draw attention to the importance of daily P.E. in Illinois schools. The American Heart Association participated in a press event on March 19 annoucing the latest polling results that showcase strong support by Illinois residents for...
  • Blog Post: April Update from Springfield

    Below is a legislation update from Alex Meixner, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. All – we have some good progress to report in Springfield on the systems-of-care front, as Illinois’ annual spring legislative session rolls on.  So without further ado: ...
  • 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: CPR Training at the Illinois Statehouse

    American Heart Association volunteers led by AHA Illinois Advocacy Committee member J.R. Dietl taught over 100 Capitol staff how to save a life last month by training them in CPR and AED use. With the legislature in recess that week, legislative and Capitol building staff took advantage of a comparably...
  • Blog Post: Major Stroke Legislation Introduced in Illinois

    Major new stroke legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate with the goal of keeping stroke care in Illinois moving forward.  Drafted by special committee of stroke professionals from across the state, including several AHA/ASA volunteers, House Bill 5742 and Senate Bill 3520 are progressing...
  • Blog Post: Lauren's Law Heard in the House Education Committee

    Last week, Lauren's Law , HB 3724, was heard in front of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee. This bill would ensure all Illinois high schools students were trained in CPR and AED use prior to high school graduation. It is named in honor of Lauren Laman who tragically lost her...
  • 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: Breaking News: Healthy Eating Active Living Act Introduced in Springfield

    On February 19, the American Heart Association, as a member of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, supported the introduction of the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act at a press event in Springfield. The HEAL Act would raise revenue for wellness and Medicaid through a penny-per ounce excise...
  • Blog Post: Lauren’s Law in the News

    In December, we had some great media attention around Lauren’s Law, HB 3724, a bill that would require all Illinois high school students to be trained in CPR and AED use prior to high school graduation. Please check out this great coverage and awareness below. Then check our www.becprsmart.org...
  • Blog Post: Lauren's Law Gaining Co-Sponsors in the House

    We have been working hard to secure co-sponsors for Lauren’s Law, HB 3724 - a bill that would require all high school students in Illinois to be trained in CPR and AED use prior to high school graduation. We are pleased to announce the following members listed below of the Illinois House have signed...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kirk Disrude

    Kirk Disrude Illinois Kirk Disrude was a healthy, 38-year-old PE teacher and coach. On September 6, 2011, he reached for a shirt, only to feel “as if a rubber band had snapped in my head. I totally lost my balance and fell,” he said. “I sat there for minute and thought, ‘This...
  • Blog Post: Chicago Public Schools adopts new PE policy to get kids active

    Last week, the Chicago Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt a new Physical Education Policy that recognizes physical education as a core subject within Chicago Public Schools. The policy, which will be implemented across the district over the next three years, will help kids understand and embrace...
  • Blog Post: Chicago bans indoor electronic cigarette smoking

    We are excited to report that Chicago has banned e-cigarettes indoors. Thanks to You’re the Cure advocate Karen Larimer, PhD for providing her expert testimony on the issue! Chicago bans indoor electronic cigarette smoking "E-cigarettes" will join regular smokes and other tobacco...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Create the Next Generation of Life-Savers in Illinois

    Lauren was a senior in high school when she collapsed during drill team practice of a sudden cardiac arrest. When paramedics arrived, they found that no one had used the AED that was readily available and sadly Lauren died. Watch the story to learn more about the work this local family is doing to...
  • Blog Post: Go Red Total Makeover – Join us on February 8th

    I wanted to make sure to share a great upcoming opportunity with you. Macy’s and the American Heart Association are teaming up to host the Go Red Total Makeover on Saturday, February 8th at the Macy’s in Oak Brook . Come join us for an afternoon pampering, healthy living tips and of course...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Rosemary Jaffe

    Rosemary Jaffe Montgomery, IL I remember it so well; it was the summer of 1991. My dad had died the year before from a massive coronary. So I had heredity and also type 1 diabetes working against me. I was walking to a friend’s house and started feeling chest pain. I thought, “I should...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy - E-cigarettes and menthol/flavored tobacco ordinances

    On Monday, Dr. Karen Larimer, incoming Board President for the Chicago Board of Directors and Illinois State Advocacy Committee member, testified at Chicago City Council hearing. She spoke about the need for e-cigarettes to be regulated like regular cigarettes and she advocated to forbid the sale of...
  • Blog Post: The Second City Becomes #1: Chicago Increases Its Cigarette Tax

    A tobacco policy update from Government Relations Director Mark Peysakhovich: On November 26, with a vote of 45-5, the Chicago City Council approved a 2014 budget that will raise the Chicago cigarette tax by 50-cents per pack. This comes on the heels of consecutive $1.00 state and county increases...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story with Us!

    Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives have been impacted...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bridgett Carter

    Bridgett Carter Chicago, Illinois When I started feeling chest pains last year, I ignored them. Like so many other women, I was busy with work and with life,and it was easier to pretend the symptoms weren’t there. It wasn’t until I ended up in the emergency room three weeks later that...
  • Blog Post: Update from Springfield

    Check out this great update from Alex Meixner, Government Relations Director, on what's happening in Springfield. All – a quick note from Springfield, where the Illinois Legislature’s annual two-week fall Veto Session has just wrapped up. It’s been a productive couple of weeks...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Susan Bennett

    Susan Bennett Chicago, IL On August 21, 2001, three weeks after my son was born I suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack). For the next two days, the doctors couldn’t tell my husband if I was going to live. Due to the fact I had just had a baby, the immediate assumption was post-partum...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Primary Stroke Center Law Finalized in Time for World Stroke Day

    Observed on Oct 29, World Stroke Day helps educate the public about warning signs and raises awareness for this preventable, treatable and beatable disease. Time is critical in any medical emergency, and that is especially true during a stroke, when time lost is brain lost. Thankfully, the door is...
  • Blog Post: A Call to Action: My Rally for Medical Research Day on the Hill

    The following is a guest blog entry from Lisa Bartlett, Illinois You're the Cure advocate and stroke survivor. Lisa attended the Rally for Medical Research in Washington D.C. in September. On September 18th, I joined 250 survivors and advocates to tell Congress to invest in the National Institutes...