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  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Paul Ansaldo

    Paul Ansaldo Kansas I was 29 years old when I had my stroke, which changed my life forever. As I look back, my life has been altered, not for the better or worse, it just became different. I now face a few more challenges in my day to day living and at 53 years young, I’m writing my stroke story...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Keri Mathews

    Keri Mathews Missouri In 2011, our family had the privilege of being featured as the Kansas City Heart Walk family. During this experience, we shared our story of how heart disease has touched our lives through the generations. It was an honor to have shared our story and help further the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sonja Watson

    Sonja Watson Iowa "Eat all your food, there are hungry children in this world," was a phrase I heard often when I was a child and I still think of it today when I sit down to eat a meal. Of course the food we ate was commonly full of salt and unhealthy fat. As an African-American woman...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Maynard Konechne

    Maynard Konechne South Dakota Maynard Konechne of Kimball, South Dakota, has served his community and the state of South Dakota as an emergency medical technician for 40 years. Maynard’s interest in the American Heart Association goes hand in hand with the work and services that emergency personnel...
  • 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...