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Dr. Jan Carney, Vermont
The American Heart Association recently released a new position paper on e-cigarettes and reconfirmed its desire for the Food and Drug Administration to take action soon to regulate these devices. Vermonters like the Attorney General, the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont and Dr. Jan Carney, a member...
4 Sep 2014
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...
4 Sep 2014
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...
2 Sep 2014
Robbie MacCue: He may not wear a cape but he's still a hero.
Robbie MacCue knows a thing or two about saving lives. As a paramedic, Robbie knows firsthand that CPR buys time for victims until first responders arrive at the scene. That’s why Robbie volunteers at local schools to teach students CPR. And this past month Robbie put his skills to good use by...
6 Aug 2014
A Young Hero: Molly Budzinski
Molly Budzinski recently received the Heroine of the Heart Award from Senator Mark Grisanti, sponsor of the CPR in Schools bill. Molly received this prestigious award at Buffalo Go Red for Women Luncheon for her work to promote lifesaving CPR. Her tireless efforts led to the implementation of bystander...
4 Mar 2014
Jane Cleaves, Maine
My name is Jane Cleaves, I am a "mostly" retired nurse from Yarmouth, ME. I am also a board member and current advocacy committee member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Maine. I have been volunteering for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association...
20 Feb 2014
Max Helfman, New Jersey
Max Helfman got involved with the American Heart Association as a youth advocate at the age of 10, after losing his grandfather to heart disease and his soccer coach to sudden cardiac arrest. Now a high school senior, Max has attended "You’re the Cure on the Hill" lobby day several times...
2 Jan 2014
Connecticut's "You're the Cure" has a New Hero...Charlie
Connecticut advocacy took part in the highly successful “Little Heart Hero” day, which was attended by children with CCHD and their families. One of the tables that the children and their parents toured was the “You’re the Cure” table, where kids drew pictures on petitions...
30 Sep 2013
Matt Keene, New Hampshire
In October of 2006, I was a high school athlete on the football field when I collapsed and stopped breathing, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 17. Thanks to the staff at Kimball Union Academy who used their CPR training and their automated external defibrillator (AED), I was revived and...
21 Sep 2012
John and Luann Ellsessar, Massachusetts
Michael wore No.99 on his football jersey, but his parents would say that he was No. 1 in their hearts. Michael loved all sports, playing football in the fall, track and field in the spring, but his passion was hockey in the winter. He was a great student and a great teammate. In the fall of 2010, it...
17 Sep 2012
Michelle Johnston, Vermont
I'm alive because my husband knew CPR. Shelburne resident, and cardiac arrest survivor Michelle Johnston suffered sudden cardiac arrest in October 2009 and was saved by her husband. But that is not the end of her story. As an advocate in Vermont Michelle worked tirelessly to get legislation passed...
17 Sep 2012
Melinda Murray, New York
On October 5, 2009, my only child, Dominic Murray, a seemingly healthy 17 year-old, collapsed on the basketball court at Farmingdale State College during a pick-up game. After attempting a lay-up he took three steps and collapsed on the court. I was told that within minutes following his collapse, Dominic...
17 Sep 2012
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