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  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Carl and Clint Cottrell

    Carl and Clint Cottrell Terre Haute, IN Carl was such an energetic burst of life, his final days were so heartbreaking. He still never gave up on life. The list of his heart related issues were within a 10 year period beginning with his massive heart attack… We as a family are still devasted...
  • Blog Post: Malenda McCalister, Kentucky

    Malenda McCalister Kentucky On September 18th, more than 300 advocates from over 100 organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to rally in support of ongoing funding for medical research, and You're the Cure advocate and heart disease survivor, Malenda McCalister, was excited to be among them. ...
  • Blog Post: Deb Koziol, Rhode Island

    A heart defect she’d had since birth caused Debra Koziol to go into sudden cardiac arrest. Her husband’s CPR training—and a lifetime of keeping her heart healthy—saved her. Debra had spent her life trying to stay healthy. She exercised often and watched her diet. In her...
  • Blog Post: Meet Our Georgia Advocacy Subcommittee Leaders

    We're thrilled to announce that the 2014 – 2015 Advocacy Subcommittee will be led by veteran government affairs professionals Brad Alexander and Ann Mintz. Brad Alexander, also the incoming 2015 Chair of the Metro Atlanta Advisory Board, has more than 20 years of work in the public policy...
  • Blog Post: Gracie Soultanian, Massachusetts

    After hearing Michael Ellsessar’s story, a 16-year-old who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2010 after getting hit in the chest during a football game, Gracie Soultanian, then 12 now 13, decided she needed to do something. There are no warning signs for sudden cardiac arrest, allowing any athlete...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Story: Michelle Meier

    Michelle Meier South Dakota Michelle Meier knew she needed to make some changes. She had battled obesity for several years, which led to other medical issues and depression. She took medication to control high blood pressure and had to use an inhaler. Michelle was in her late 20’s and recognized...
  • Blog Post: Medical Students Turned Advocates

    Peter Evans, Christina Cahill and Lana Khuong know there is more than one way to save a life. They’ve organized CPR trainings, worked on tobacco cessation counseling protocols, coordinated cardiovascular research and fundraisers, and helped create healthy living lessons for adolescents. They’re...
  • Blog Post: Eric Bero, Tennessee

    Growing up I was a healthy child and didn't have any medical conditions. However, that all changed one evening in 1986. I remember the panic in my mother’s voice and then my father racing in the car to get to the emergency room. I had a very bad cough due to the change in Wisconsin weather...
  • Blog Post: Susan Kosman, Board Chair of CT Board Directors

    Volunteerism provides me with a deeper connection to my community. The American Heart Association holds a special connection for me. My father died at home of a heart attack at the age of 47. I was 14. While this influenced many areas of my life, it most certainly affected my choice of profession. My...
  • Blog Post: Joye Mullis

    Joye Mullis, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate As with all children, my son’s story began well before his birth. I had a fairly easy pregnancy, tainted by a couple of scares early on, but then all appeared well at my 20-week ultrasound. I was healthy. Baby was healthy. Life was good. At 28 weeks...
  • Blog Post: The Bass Family, Hattiesburg: Pulse Ox Matters

    WHY PULSE OX IN MISSISSIPPI SHOULD BE A REQUIREMENT Written by Amy Bass, Abby's mother After a very difficult and unpromising pregnancy, by the grace of God, my daughter was born on February 9, 2004. We were told for months that she wouldn’t survive the pregnancy due to complications...
  • Blog Post: Wayne Rich, Florida

    After completing the 2005 Orlando Heart Walk, I began to feel poorly and told my wife. Some of the symptoms led us to believe I was having a heart attack. My wife immediately drove me to the hospital. Within two hours I was diagnosed and treated by the insertion of two stents. Fortunately, the quick...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kevin Sypal

    Kevin Sypal Nebraska It was about five years ago when I started to really reflect on my life. I had a great career in the advertising industry. I was married to the love of my life and my best friend, Laura. Together we were raising our first daughter, Claire. Everything seemed perfect, but something...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mark Olson

    Mark Olson Richfield, MN Beware the Ides of March, little did I know that this saying would gain new meaning for me on the morning of March 15 th 2008. My wakeup call came in the form of shortness of breath and chest pain the evening of March 14th. I figured I was just having an asthma attack even...
  • 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: Scott Sanborn

    Scott Sanborn Iowa As the anchor of a morning TV news show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Scott Sanborn had to be an early riser. In hopes of getting in some exercise before work, he set the alarm clock even earlier and hopped on his wife’s glider at 1:30 a.m. Within a few minutes, he felt pain in...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Danielle Patterson

    Danielle Patterson Kansas No one ever expects to save a man’s life, especially on a Saturday afternoon, in a crowd of 55,000 people and on a day where the temperature was 24 degrees, at best. Little did I know that on this day, at a Kansas State University football game, I not only would perform...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Beth Keith

    Beth Keith Missouri August 16, 2011 proved to be another wonderful birthday with my husband and children in such an unexpected way, one that I didn’t expect. I didn’t feel very well but chalked it up to being a tired mommy. That evening, while getting ready for bed, I felt the left side...
  • Blog Post: Vance Lobe - What the Affordable Care Act means for me

    Vance Lobe It’s been almost one year now since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges were implemented and I thought it was time to reflect on how this has affected my life. I am a two time heart attack survivor, starting with the first one about five and a half years ago. I was gainfully...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jennifer Stafford, RN Critical Care, Practicing Nurse of 30 years, CPR/First Aid instructor of 27 years

    I’ve looked everywhere for it, but I can’t find it. I know it’s just got to be there—somewhere attached to her nurses uniform. Despite my inability to spot an actual red cape, I am still convinced that Jennifer Stafford is some kind of super hero. Consider this: All great super...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Bobbie Kane

    A few weekends ago I had the privilege of helping out at my first Heart Walk in Billings, Montana. What a beautiful day and what an amazing event! The people that gathered together to walk and raise funds (and awareness), were awesome. There were survivors that walked and people that had lost loved ones...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Brett Harris Steps Up for Smoke-Free

    One of our youngest advocates is making one of the biggest impacts to a community by helping to pass a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance! Brett Harris is a middle-school student in Lubbock whose passion for a smoke-free community goes back as far as he can remember. His dad, Matthew Harris, who...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Joshua Wynne

    Dr. Joshua Wynne North Dakota Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. has been an advocate for cardiovascular health and wellness for decades. But in addition to helping thousands of patients with heart problems over many years in his role as a clinician, he also practices what he preaches! As Vice...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Ray Castle, Louisiana

    Dr. Ray Castle has volunteered for the American Heart Association for many years. He has been active with the Heart Walk and within the Advocacy Department. In 2012, he joined the Louisiana Advocacy Committee. As a member of the Advocacy Committee, he has worked tirelessly to help the American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Kingston Murriel, Mississippi

    Kingston Murriel Jackson, Mississippi On July 3, 2012, 5 weeks before my due date, I had an appointment for my 8-month checkup. During the ultrasound the physician could not get a good view of the left ventricle of my son’s heart. He thought it was due to the way he was laying, but wanted to...