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  • 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: Braydee Clair Little, Mississippi

    Braydee Clair Little: Pope, MS One of the happiest moments in our life as a married couple was March 7, 2011, when our second daughter, Braydee Clair, was born. Two days later when we were getting ready to be discharged, the doctor examined Braydee Clair for her last full checkup. At this time...
  • Blog Post: Carlin Breinig, Georgia

    Carlin Breinig, GA Last month, Carlin participated in our fun August Recess activity and urged Rep. Tom Price to support the strong school nutrition standards that are part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. In December 2010, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which gave...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kaelyn Mulcahy

    Kaelyn Mulcahy Apple Valley, MN Last year, when I was 21, I had three strokes. I was at work when the first one happened. I was dizzy and a little disoriented with a bad headache on the left side of my head and sharp pain at the back of my neck. After an hour and still not feeling well I went home...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Dina Piersawl

    Dina Piersawl Chicago, IL I suffered a mini-stroke on January 2, 2004, but my story began a few days earlier during the holidays. I was visiting my parents in Kentucky and had a nagging headache. My mother told me that my eyes looked funny and asked me what was wrong - a mother always knows when there...
  • Blog Post: Miriam "Mim" Gaines, Alabama

    Mim Gaines, Alabama Last year Miriam "Mim" Gaines retired after working 25 years at the Alabama Department of Public Health. While serving as the Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) Director, Mim developed strong partnerships. An example includes The Alabama Obesity Task Force (OTF). This...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Karen Aspry, M.D., M.S., ABCL, FACC, Rhode Island

    Karen Aspry, M.D., M.S., ABCL, FACC is the American Heart Association’s newest local Rhode Island Board of Directors member. Dr. Aspry’s education, training and clinical activities have been focused on preventive aspects of cardiovascular disease, especially in the area of diagnosis and management...
  • Blog Post: Kids with Heart...

    Kids with Heart...Do you know any kids that are working to make a difference? We do! Meet Molly Budzinski and Joey Mendrick. Molly just started her senior year at Orchard Park High School. Before heading back to school, Molly traveled from Buffalo to Albany to met with Governor Cuomo's Assistant...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Robert Oatfield

    Dr. Robert Oatfield, Professor of Medicine and Cardiac and Peripheral Interventional Cardiologist, has been involved as an advocate for the American Heart Association for decades and has seen the organization grow and change. His interest in advocacy stems from working with community leaders to make...
  • Blog Post: Advocdate Spotlight: Janelle Hoven and Katie Greenlee

    In September 2009, Janelle Hoven and Katie Greenlee were invited to join the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon Executive Leadership Team. Janelle and Katie, a mother-daughter team, became involved with the mission of Go Red, the American Heart Association’s nationwide...
  • Blog Post: Caroline Reis - Intern Highlight

    Caroline Reis My Name is Caroline Reis and I have had a busy and fun filled internship this summer at the American Heart Association. Another intern, Ricki Cullum, and myself have worked on several community health and development projects, attended education and outreach events and learn how a national...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Mhire

    Jenny Mhire Missouri With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR. He’d never used those skills, though – not until his wife needed her life to be saved. It was April 2008, and Jeremy, Jenny...
  • Blog Post: Cameron Croonquist - Summer Intern Highlight

    Cameron Croonquist Hi everyone my name is Cameron. I am currently a student studying Public Health Policy and Management at Oregon State University and I’m also wrapping up my advocacy internship with the American Heart Association this summer. For the last three months I’ve been working...
  • Blog Post: Bill Owen is a You're the Cure Advocate Extraordinaire!

    Bill became an American Heart Association volunteer when he joined You’re the Cure in September 2013 after signing an online petition asking the city council members and mayor of Irving to pass a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. Bill grew up in Irving, graduated from Irving High school (class...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kristen Waters

    I’ve been with the American Heart Association as the Nebraska Communications Director for the past two years, but my time with AHA extends beyond that. Let me take you back to 2008. I was living in the big city - our nation’s capital – and working for a big time trade association...
  • Blog Post: Anne Efron

    Anne Efron, Maryland Following a long day at work Anne Efron and her husband Dave were getting set to grill for dinner. After making a quick trip to the store Dave returned to find Anne unconscious and without a pulse, in full cardiac arrest. She had a history of what had been diagnosed as benign...
  • 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: 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 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 she was headed along a dangerous...
  • 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: 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...