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Wendy Mono - New York City

by Robin V. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wendy Mono, who serves as the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Advocacy Committee in New York City, has a long-standing commitment to policies that improve cardiovascular health. After her husband died from sudden cardiac arrest in 2001 while working out at his health club, she began volunteering as an advocate hoping to help save lives and spare other families the heartbreak of losing a loved one. Wendy’s efforts helped pass legislation that requires most health clubs in New York to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site. She also successfully lobbied for stronger Good Samaritan laws to help encourage bystander CPR and AED use.

However, her efforts to educate the public and prevent heart disease and stroke didn't end there. Like many families, Wendy's continued to be impacted by both heart disease and stroke. She has steadfastly worked to improve funding for cardiovascular programs in New York, rallied behind the effort to make sure every high school student is trained in CPR and worked on the passage of several policies that have strengthened tobacco control in NYC.

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