Browse By Tags

  • Blog Post: Sara Beckwith

    Sara Beckwith, District of Columbia Why is advocacy work so important? To Sara Beckwith it is about passion, and because she “truly believes that we have a voice and it is imperative to use our voice to work on programs such as the Healthy Tots Act and the Workplace Wellness Act.” Sara...
  • Blog Post: Laura Gipe and Jacob Murray

    Laura Gipe and Jacob Murray When nurse Laura Gipe trained her grandson's Boy Scout troop in lifesaving CPR, she never imagined that, at just 15-years-old, he would use that skill to save her. Watch Laura and Jacob's touching story. Like Laura's, 88% of sudden cardiac arrests occur...
  • Blog Post: Why I Advocate for Heart, by April Wade Peters

    I’m excited to share my personal journey of advocating for heart, which ultimately led to AED machines being placed at my workplace. It began in 1998 when my husband learned he had a heart murmur and kept tabs on it via an annual EKG. However things worsened and his bicuspid aortic valve was weakened...
  • Blog Post: My Story

    My name is Ryley Williams. I am a high school student and stroke survivor. This is my story. On July 8, 2013 my life was forever changed when I collapsed during warm up exercises at sophomore football practice. I was rushed to the ER, and they quickly told my parents that I needed a higher level of...
  • Blog Post: Denise Pippen, Alabama

    At the time my story begins, my two children were in their twenties. My husband and I had experienced only the usual ripples of rearing children. All of that changed when doctors discovered that my daughter has a heart defect and will probably need a heart transplant someday. Today, she's in her...
  • Blog Post: Jeff Soileau, Louisiana

    In an effort to improve grassroots efforts in Louisiana, the American Heart Association has created the Louisiana Grassroots Action Team. We're pleased to announce that Jeff Soileau has accepted the role of chair for the team. As chair, Jeff will lead the team to develop a well-trained, motivated...
  • Blog Post: Susan Canning, Massachusetts

    Sue Canning became an advocate because of her son Kevin. Kevin was born on April 8, 1992.Kevin was loved by everyone because he didn’t take life too seriously and was always trying to make people laugh. Kevin started playing sports very young, including hockey competitively from the age of 3 on...
  • Blog Post: YOU!

    The American Heart Association recently launched its new brand “Life is Why.” We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It's why we've made better heart and brain health our mission. And until there's a world free of heart disease and stroke, we'll...
  • Blog Post: New crusader in fight to reduce consumption of sugar drinks

    The Alliance for a Healthier Vermont is poised to fight for a 2 cent per ounce tax on sugar-added drinks to fight obesity in Vermont. And our coalition has an experienced leader joining the fight. Anthony Iarrapino will be the sugar sweetened beverage tax campaign coordinator. He has served previously...
  • Blog Post: Stephanie Dempsey, Georgia

    American Heart Association volunteer Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday, July 15, in Washington, D.C. about the impact of chronic disease. The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon. ...
  • Blog Post: Robbie MacCue: He may not wear a cape but he's still a hero.

    Robbie MacCue knows a thing or two about saving lives. As a paramedic, Robbie knows firsthand that CPR buys time for victims until first responders arrive at the scene. That’s why Robbie volunteers at local schools to teach students CPR. And this past month Robbie put his skills to good use by...
  • Blog Post: Randi Clatchey, Maine

    On Friday afternoon January 7, 2000, Joshua Peck passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest in the gym of his school. He was 17 years old, a fantastic basketball player and a senior who had already been accepted to two colleges. Josh performed in a skit at the school’s pep rally, changed his clothes...
  • Blog Post: Avery Shappley, Mississippi

    Avery Shappley Corinth, MS Life changed forever for Avery Shappley on a cold, beautiful February afternoon in 2012. Avery, a high school freshman in Corinth, Miss., was trying out for the tennis team. She was cleared for tryouts through her athletic physical and had been running lines. A nearby coach...
  • Blog Post: Mary Kay Ballasiotes

    Mary Kay Ballasiotes, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Mary Kay Ballasiotes has been advocating for children for over 15 years. Her daughter, Michelle had a stroke before she was born and that moment changed both of their lives forever. Mary Kay’s advocacy days started in 2002 in Chicago where she founded...
  • Blog Post: Amanda Lindsay

    Amanda Lindsay My name is Amanda Lindsay and I am excited to be interning for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association this summer, so that I can gain hands on experience in the different areas of Public Health and become more involved in my community. I currently reside in Oregon...
  • Blog Post: Spencer's Story - looks can be deceiving

    Written by Amy Norton, Spencer's mom You NEVER think “it will happen to you” but… “it” happened to my family, my son. At only ten weeks old my son was fighting for his life. This is his story… Spencer was born at home, on 11/08/13, with a team of experienced...
  • 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: J. Antonio G Lopez, MD FAHA

    J. Antonio G. Lopez, MD FAHA The American Heart Association (AHA) has supported and played a pivotal role throughout my career in cardiovascular research, leading to my focus on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Presently, I am the Director of Preventive Cardiology, the Lipid...
  • 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: Intern Spotlight: Elizabeth Shaeffer

    Written by Elizabeth Shaeffer My name is Liz Shaeffer and I am an intern here at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Sacramento, California. I am a junior at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and I came home for the summer looking for an internship that would...
  • Blog Post: Knowing CPR Saved My Son

    A lifesaving event retold by Kristy Stoner, UT In June 2014, my friend Erin and I planned a pool day together as we decided we would spend the afternoon together at her private community pool, where we could eat lunch and chat while the kids could swim. We both have 4 kids all under the age of 8....
  • 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: Colleen Dudley

    Superwoman’s real name is Colleen Dudley. Colleen is a very busy women, but she still finds a way to be active in her DC community, whether it’s at a hospital, as an AHA You’re the Cure Advocate , or as a volunteer. Colleen received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Cleveland...
  • Blog Post: Cinny Kittle, West Virginia

    Cinny Kittle West Virginia To our You're the Cure advocates, August means Congressional Recess and an opportunity to meet with lawmakers face-to-face. In West Virginia, that often means Cinny Kittle will be busier than usual speaking out for improved health. On August 4th, Cinny joined WV Government...
  • 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...