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Advocates in Action: Ruth Caruthers Shares Her Experience at This Year's You're the Cure on the Hill

by Melissa B. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Traveling to DC with the American Heart Association just two days before my birthday was not only an honor, but also a bittersweet experience. Since losing my son, Corbin, to heart defects and helping to pass a pulse ox bill in West Virginia, I have been blessed to be a part of the American Heart Association and to travel to events like this one. Being able to participate and help be a part of history is simply amazing.

During the application process I was praying to get selected and as once I was, I could not wait! During my two hour drive to the airport, I had a lot of time to think about how I got to this point in my life and the amazing opportunities I have been granted.

Corbin's short life has changed my whole world in sad ways, but also in good ways. I have become part of a loving and passionate group of parents, intent on saving babies' lives, and have also become part of something bigger than myself or Corbin: the world of advocacy.

When I arrived in DC, I was shocked to see the cherry blossoms blooming--a true sign from Corbin that this opportunity was part of what I am meant to do. I was excited to meet other advocates and volunteers to talk more about what I'm passionate about: pulse ox screening. I loved being able to talk to others who have been where I have and understand my passion.

I was proud to be the only representative from West Virginia and did my best to make a good impression and hopefully get support from our state's delegates! Afterwards I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and success. It was like a Corbin was right there with me.

I am a mother.
I am a wife.
I am an advocate.
I am Corbin's mom and I help save babies.

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