This year, thanks to advocates like you, there will be those who are able to enjoy another holiday season with a loved one because a bystander performed CPR and used an AED. Others can now enjoy a holiday meal at their favorite restaurant because their community has gone smoke-free.  A new family will have their first holiday season with their precious addition because a pulse ox test caught a congenital heart defect before their baby was sent home. These are just a few of the ways you have helped make a difference!

It is also a wonderful time to show appreciation.  On behalf of the Great Rivers Advocacy Team, we would like to express sincere gratitude for all of our advocates.  Many of you click through our alerts to support our efforts through your computer.  Others join us for our advocacy events, like state Advocacy Days.  Others share your stories to help put meaning behind the science and research that drives our efforts.  And others speak to the media or write letters to the editor to urge passage of heart-healthy legislation.

As we all work just a little harder to prepare for some much needed time off over the holidays to enjoy with our loved ones, we wanted to make sure our You’re the Cure advocates know how much the great work they do REALLY matters! Thank you for being the Cure for heart disease and stroke in your community!