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  • Blog Post: Capital Region NY Stroke Ambassador Kicks of American Stroke Month!

    On May 5th, 2016 Stroke Ambassador Paula Symanski was joined by her New York Assemblymember Carrie Woerner as she rode her bicycle through the streets of Albany, NY - arriving in front of the State Capitol to cheers of her friends and supporters! May and June marks the height of the state legislative...
  • Blog Post: Representative Prasad Srinivasan, Connecticut

    Dr. Prasad Srinivasan, an allergist, is a long time resident of the town of Glastonbury, and is currently serving his third term as the town’s state representative. He is a member of the General Assembly’s Public Health; Finance Revenue & Bonding; and Planning & Development committees...
  • Blog Post: Yuki Courtland - PE Advocate in NYC!

    Yuki Courtland is an advocate. She sees something wrong in her world and pushes to make the necessary change to help. As the chair of our Advocacy Committee in New York City, she has been leading the way to help make sure every student, regardless of where they go to school, learn how to embrace physical...
  • Blog Post: Little Tikes with a Big Message

    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get the message across. Sawyer Daniels and Jack Towle stole the show at our April legislative reception. Sawyer is here today because his heart defect was able to be detected early thanks to a pulse oximetry test given shortly after birth – a defect that...
  • Blog Post: Danny Mackenzie, Rhode Island

    I am a 40 year old, healthy active adult as well as a cardiac arrest and heart attack survivor. It was a Saturday and I remember waking up in a hospital bed feeling tired and groggy. My heart attack happened on a Saturday but I did not wake up until a week later. My mind and body had been put through...
  • Blog Post: Leigh Pechillo, Connecticut

    Leigh Pechillo brings an extraordinary level of commitment and passion to her work as a volunteer for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Leigh suffered a massive heart attack on Mother’s Day in 2014 and was saved by her husband, Tom, who performed necessary lifesaving CPR...
  • Blog Post: ReneMarie Testa Adams, New Jersey

    RenéMarie suffered a major stroke on April 8, 1989 while coaching a softball game and is afflicted with aphasia as a result. However, RenéMarie does not let this slow her down. She views her stroke as a call to action and uses her experience to raise awareness and inspire others by sharing...
  • Blog Post: Meaghan O'Brien, Massachusetts

    Meaghan O’Brien is 25 years old young working professional with a full-time job, she is a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend, She is a world traveler, a thrill-seeker and A STROKE SURVIVOR. She grew up in a small town on the South Shore with her parents and two younger...
  • Blog Post: Bob Elling, New York

    Bob Elling is a career paramedic, but has many other “jobs,” including educator, author, and four decades of service as a very passionate American Heart Association volunteer. Bob has served in a number of capacities: Founder’s Affiliate board member, Albany Regional Board of Directors...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky - Good food sells!

    Telling legislators that french fries are the most common vegetable served to toddlers, AHA volunteer Jane Kolodinsky urged Senate Health and Welfare Committee members at a recent hearing to implement nutrition standards for restaurant kids meals. Jane, the chair of UVM’s Department of Community...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney - Educating About the Dangers of E-cigs

    Strong clean indoor air laws are the most effective way to prevent second hand smoke exposure. In addition to conventional tobacco products, exposure to aerosol from electronic cigarettes presents a potential threat to public health while normalizing smoking behavior. Dr. Jan Carney will be joining...
  • Blog Post: Yvonne Heredia, Rhode Island

    On May 14, 2015, I was awakened with sudden chest heaviness and difficulty breathing. I took an aspirin and then woke up my 16-year-old daughter to go outside my home with me so that I could get fresh air.While I was outside; I said a quick prayer and realized that something just was not right. I decided...
  • Blog Post: Martha Auster, New York

    My name is Martha Auster and I am thrilled to join Kristin Salvi and Robin Vitale to complete the expanded government relations team for New York State! I first witnessed the extraordinary reach of American Heart Association volunteers and staff early in my public affairs career when I was a staff...
  • Blog Post: Karin Wetherill, Rhode Island

    Meet Karin Wetherill, Wellness Coordinator for the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC). Since 2002, Karin has been active in making schools healthier places for all Rhode Island children. She’s worked with Kids First, the Rhode Island Department of Education, the Rhode Island Department...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Carol Gill, New Jersey

    Dr. Gill is Chair of the Department of Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders at the Veterans Administration New Jersey Health Care System. She is currently serving as President of the Northern New Jersey Board of Directors for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and is a dedicated "You're...
  • Blog Post: Kristin Salvi, New York

    My name is Kristin Salvi and I am the newest member of the Government Relations team in New York! I look forward to the opportunity to champion our policy goals related to the prevention of heart disease and stroke. Coming from doing advocacy work for the New York State Nurses Association, and most recently...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer Wall, Rhode Island

    Tobacco Free RI is a coordinating network that brings together the people and organizations working on tobacco control in RI. We are excited to introduce Jennifer Wall, the new coordinator for Tobacco Free RI (TFRI). Jennifer works closely with the TFRI Chair, the Network Council and the Local Policy...
  • Blog Post: Patty Lang, New Jersey

    Patty Lang is a two time stroke survivor and a passionate You're the Cure advocate. She is also very involved in the Go Red for Women movement as a survivor ambassador as well as volunteering at numerous Heart Walks. She was recognized for her efforts when she was awarded the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Paul Russo-Vineland, NJ

    Paul Russo is a heart disease survivor and has been a dedicated “You’re the Cure” advocate for many years. His main areas of interest are tobacco prevention and promoting CPR training. In 2011, Paul’s quick action and willingness to perform CPR saved his father’s life...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Rock the Walk

    Thanks to our advocates who turned out to talk about the need for healthy restaurant kids meals to walkers at our Vermont Heart Walk on Saturday, September 26th. Members of our board and advocacy committee including Jane Kolodinsky, Kim Evans, Mary Cushman, Jennifer Nachbur, Michelle Johnston and Christina...
  • Blog Post: Charles Wira MD, Connecticut

    We’re fortunate to have Dr. Charles Wira as the Chairman of our Stroke Task Force. Dr. Wira brings a wealth of knowledge to the group that will help them produce the best recommendations possible for improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut. Dr. Wira is board certified in Internal Medicine...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Heroes, Rhode Island

    More than 50 families affected by congenital heart defects joined the American Heart Association on Saturday, September 20, 2015 for a day of learning, networking, and fun at Goddard Park in Warwick. It was a great opportunity to talk with the families about our policy priorities and ways that they can...
  • Blog Post: Lew Panzo, Connecticut

    I’m proud to introduce one of our newest advocates, Lew Panzo. Lew will be attending our Rally for Medical Research Hill Day on September 17 th in Washington DC. He was 47 years old when he had a Myocardial Infraction. One year later, he was admitted with chest pains and had to undergo a Quadruple...
  • Blog Post: Larry Sadwin, Rhode Island

    In 1964, Larry Sadwin was a senior at the University of Rhode Island. Early one Sunday morning, his mother called. Larry’s dad had suffered another heart attack. This time, he couldn't be saved. They buried him that afternoon, about eight years after burying his father, Louis, another victim...
  • Blog Post: Payton Jones is Helping Other Kids Get a Healthy Start

    There’s more to Payton Jones than meets the eye! This vibrant 14 year old is a survivor. After suffering a cardiac arrest at a swim meet three years ago as a result of an undiagnosed rare disease, Payton has been committed to helping fight heart disease. She has formed a walk team and walked...