The Western States Affiliate is extremely grateful for California advocate Rayme Elliott, who decided to take action after tragedy struck her family.
Unfortunately, Rayme’s son Logan passed away at 14 months due to a cardiac arrest caused by a heart defect. Had Logan been screened for this condition, he might be still alive today which is why Rayme has devoted her time preventing this tragedy in other families.
Rayme decided to share her experience with California legislators urging them to support a bill to require all newborns be screened for congenital heart defects and was featured in a powerful AHA piece supporting the California bill. In addition to getting her family involved, she also personally wrote and called Governor Brown for his support before and after the bill was signed into law. She was an instrumental force in the successful campaign to screen all newborns for heart defects.
“I’ve grown to call Rayme a dear friend and family of the Heart Association. Her story and feverous intent to change the lives of everyone she touches is awe-inspiring. After Rayme and Brett lost their beautiful baby boy, they fueled their life-altering experience into a powerful message to all. Rayme has worked tirelessly in her efforts for the American Heart Association. She truly changes the lives of all those she encounters in hope that her efforts can help save the lives of babies like Logan,” said Lisa Dosch, Executive Director, AHA Santa Barbara Division.
Rayme has been involved with the AHA in Santa Barbara long before her days with advocacy. She chaired the 2011 Santa Barbara Heart Walk, she and her husband, Brett, were 2011 Heart Ball Passion Speakers, and her “Moms with Heart” Heart Walk team continues to be a top fundraising team.