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Advocate Spotlight: Janie McGrew, Florida

by Molly S. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Janie McGrew Florida

Three years before my father died, he suffered a debilitating stroke. It stole his quality of life and everything he considered to make life worth living, depriving him of happiness. Many people close to him, people he trusted, took advantage of him. As I watched him, I decided that it is possible to help prevent someone from having my father’s experience with stroke.

I realized my family and I shared multiple risk factors for stroke and heart attack. I connected with the mission of the American Heart Association and committed to changing my own health and risk factors through diet and physical activity. I became a You’re the Cure advocate to help our communities become healthier and stroke-ready. After all, it takes people being engaged to make a difference for the better. The American Heart Association has made a positive difference in my own life and the lives of others, helping to move stroke from the 3rd to 4th leading cause of death in the United States.