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  • Blog Post: Robin Kish, Georgia

    Robin Kish Georgia Today, I jump for YOU! My name is Robin Kish, and I am the PE teacher at St. Benedict's Episcopal Day School in Smryna, GA. I yearly run a program known as Jump Rope for Heart. What started as a fun way to get my students engaged and moving, has now turned into the the heart...
  • Blog Post: Felicia Guerrero

    Felicia Guerrero Ohio As an active You’re the Cure Advocate and Physician Outreach and Marketing Liaison for the University of Toledo, Felicia Guerrero is no stranger to speaking up for improved health for Ohio’s kids and communities. So, it was no surprise that Felicia jumped at the chance...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Thomas Armstrong

    Thomas Armstrong West Lafayette, IN Thomas Armstrong's Journey In February of 2014 my father, siblings and I were faced with a horrible decision, a life changing decision. He was admitted to the hospital on an emergency basis. We were told my father was suffering from a condition called Peripheral...
  • Blog Post: Arshad Iqbal, MD, Rhode Island

    Congratulations to Dr. Arshad Iqbal who was awarded the prestigious American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award at the recent NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) Summit in Newport! The American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award is given annually to an individual that has...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Charles Garbarino, New Jersey

    Dr. Charles Garbarino is a pediatrician, known to his patients as "Dr. Charlie." He has authored two books, "Pediatrician Soldier" and "One Heart-Embrace Life." Colonel Garbarino continues to serve his country as a member of the military and has deployed for three combat...
  • Blog Post: Richard Benson

    Richard Benson, MD/PhD, District of Columbia “I’m looking at the man in the mirror.” When it comes to preventing heart disease and stroke, the #1 and #4 most common causes of death in the US, respectively, I think of those famous and poignant words by the late great Michael Jackson...
  • Blog Post: 6 Lives Saved and Counting!

    Congratulations to Dr. Marc Kutler and The Edge fitness facilities for yet another life saved! Dr. Marc Kutler, an emergency department physician from Northwestern Medical Center, is a strong advocate for CPR and public access to defibrillation. He helped the AHA pass legislation two years ago requiring...
  • Blog Post: Debi Mrozowski, Connecticut

    Debi Mrozowski, a secretary at Rock Hill School, recently addressed the attendees of the Greater Hartford Executive Leadership Team Breakfast, where she recounted her heroic CPR save at a local basketball game. Debi explained to the audience that on February 23rd that she was keeping score at a game...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Sohah Iqbal, New York City

    Dr. Sohah Iqbal is the current president of the American Heart Association Young Professionals, an Interventional Cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, and a staunch advocate for CPR education in our city's high schools. Dr. Iqbal poignantly shares the story of two of her own patients who...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Story: Ann Thompson

    Ann Thompson South Dakota On May 23, 2012, our seemingly healthy 16-year-old son, Adam, died of a sudden cardiac arrest at home taking a nap. He had no warning; the first symptom was death. The only thing that might have saved his life was an automated external defibrillator, a medical device designed...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dayna Krannawitter

    Dayna Krannawitter Nebraska I have seen the difference advocacy makes and I strongly support the efforts of the American Heart Association to make our great state an even healthier place to live. It is wonderful to be able to eat at a smoke-free restaurant and to know that all newborns will be screened...
  • Blog Post: Christy Ross, Louisiana

    We are pleased to spotlight Christy Ross this month while she serves as our Vice Chair on the Louisiana State Advocacy Committee. She is currently the Chief of Staff with Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD) in New Orleans. She is working closely with us in our smoke free efforts involving New...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Tonii Rizzo

    Tonii Rizzo Kentucky In April 2006, Tonii Rizzo was the picture of health. An avid runner who exercised every day, he never expected to have a "widow maker" heart attack that would forever change his life. According to Tonii (pictured here with Senator Julie Denton), the good news is that...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Zach Haney

    Zach Haney Kansas As a child I was interested in entrepreneurship. I loved spending time creating business plans and connecting with local professionals. During my freshman year of high school, I created an organization called Teens Taking Action; an organization that strives to inspire and empower...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Lauren Lutz

    Lauren Lutz Missouri Rep. Ron Hicks, R-St. Peters, has several awards hanging on his office wall. He was most proud of the Child Advocacy Award he received, a little over a year ago. The award was for his part in the passage of Jonathan’s Law. "It was the only clean bill out of the House...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Iowa's Sweethearts

    Iowa's Sweethearts Iowa The American Heart Association Sweethearts are high school girls who actively participate in a program designed to teach them about heart healthy lifestyles and the prevention of heart disease through education and volunteerism. Through the Sweetheart program, these young...
  • Blog Post: Eric Rothenberg: Top Advocate and Top Fundraiser

    This fall Heart and Stroke Walks took place across Washington to raise funds to support the American Heart and Stroke Association’s lifesaving mission. With events in Spokane, Tacoma and Seattle, more than 13,000 walkers (including the Seattle Seahawks’ mascot, Blitz!) turned out to honor...
  • Blog Post: Jonathan Riley, Alabama

    I recently became a You’re the Cure advocate to not only share my story about the importance of heart healthy lifestyle choices, but to inspire those who may not be making the healthiest choices. It is never too late to make healthier lifestyle choices. My weight loss pursuit started in December...
  • Blog Post: CPR Anytime Champion: Fire Inspector Samantha Metheny

    In October, Samantha Metheny of Medford Fire & Rescue was recognized both nationally and at the state level at the Oregon EMS Conference in Salem. The Oregon Health Authority presented their Community Service Award to Samantha, and the American Heart Association was proud to recognize her as a...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Rock Rocklage

    Rock Rocklage Rosemount, MN When the helicopter arrived they refused to transport me stating; "We don't transport dead people." My cardiac event occurred at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2007. I was driving to a client's house for a listing appointment in Apple Valley, MN...
  • Blog Post: Sally Jackson, Florida

    I am a life-long supporter of the American Heart Association, and began contributing annually after my mother’s open heart surgery more than 20 years ago. This year, I am the Advocacy Chair of the Greater Southeast Affiliate Board and a member of the Florida Advocacy Committee. But...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jessica Petrick

    As North Dakota continues to attract new businesses and the development of our resources, it’s important to also recognize the need for education and awareness of our state’s health risks, especially as it relates to heart disease and stroke. The AHA is excited to announce that Jessica Petrick...
  • Blog Post: Michelle Whaley Advocates for Heart

    On October 29, You're the Cure volunteer and acute neurovascular clinical nurse specialist Michelle Whaley, spoke to a group of volunteers and Colorado legislators to raise awareness of World Stroke Day. As a person on the front line practicing at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Michelle has...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Jimmy Leiter

    Jimmy Leiter Deerfield, IL I was getting ready to play football during my senior year of high school. I had to see my family doctor to get my physical done, and because of a heart murmur and some other heart issues from when I was younger, the doctor insisted I get an echo. He told me that he wouldn't...
  • Blog Post: Meet Pkaye Washington

    Hello I'm Pkaye Washington. Back in 1991, I was diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition where the muscles of my heart didn't pump as strong as a normal person. Since then I've been hospitalized at least three times due to heart related issues. I realized that sodium is my enemy and that...