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  • Blog Post: New Yorkers Attend White House Briefing

    On Friday, September 9th, several New York advocates participated in an event sponsored by the White House, titled "Making Health Care Better Series: Cardiovascular Health." The day-long forum offered an opportunity for volunteers to directly witness the impact of the American Heart Association's...
  • Blog Post: Lori Temple, Connecticut

    Lori’s path to becoming an American Heart Association volunteer isn’t your typical story. Her desire to join stems from a deeper desire within her, to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Lori has a long history of volunteerism. When approached about joining the AHA Connecticut...
  • Blog Post: Supporting the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act!

    Thanks to board member Jennifer Nachbur and Advocacy Committee member Lana Khuong for promoting strong nutrition standards in schools. Both volunteers met with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s staff during the August recess to encourage the senator’s continued support of the Healthy, Hunger Free...
  • Blog Post: Joe Boucher, Maine

    The reasons I volunteer are quite varied, but long before I knew what the American Heart Association was, I knew that I supported their mission to end heart disease. Heart disease has been part of life since elementary school when my father had his first heart attack, while driving with my younger...
  • Blog Post: Rob Sayre-McCord, Central Falls

    The AHA was recently on the Rhode Show with partner Rob Sayre-McCord, Director of Parks & Recreation and Community Service for the City of Central Falls, to discuss healthy back to school tips. Many thanks to Rob for his leadership and commitment to Central Falls' children and families! Healthy...
  • Blog Post: Erin E. Herring, CT

    November 18, 1998 was the day Erin E. Herring started on her journey into the world of physicians, hospitals and fear; that was the day her son Gavin was born. He was diagnosed with aortic stenosis and would have to have surgery before is two week birthday. And so it began… After a year and...
  • Blog Post: Callie Ponder, Rhode Island

    Callie Ponder began working with the American Heart Association at the end of May 2016. Her role with the organization is an Associate Regional Campaign Manager for the Pawtucket/Central Falls ANCHOR (Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes through Reinforcing Partnerships) grant, funded by the...
  • Blog Post: Dina Plapler, Connecticut

    Dina Plapler has been an advocate and supporter of the fight against heart disease and stroke for much of her professional career. Serving as the AHA’s Executive Director of the CT and Western MA markets for the past two years, and now taking on a new role of a Senior Advisor, Mission Advancement...
  • Blog Post: Joan Helfman, New Jersey

    Joan Helfman has been a cardiovascular nurse for nearly 40 years. Twenty years ago, she became an active member of the Northern New Jersey Regional Board for the American Heart Association and is a dedicated You’re the Cure advocate. Joan has attended numerous lobby day events over the years...
  • Blog Post: Wendy Mono, New York

    Wendy Mono has a long-standing commitment to policies that improve cardiovascular health. After her husband died from sudden cardiac arrest in 2001 while working out at his health club, she began volunteering as an advocate hoping to help save lives and spare other families the heartbreak of losing a...
  • Blog Post: Laura Geraghty, Massachusettes

    For Laura, April 1, 2009, started out just as any other day. It was sunny but cool, she remembers. The mother of two, and a grandmother, was at her job, driving a school bus for the Newton Public School. Her passengers, special-needs children, were wheelchair-bound. Seemingly in good health and in good...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Isaac Landry, New Hampshire

    My name is Isaac Landry. I live in Auburn NH with my Mom, Dad, and three brothers: Ethan, Aidan and Evan. I was Mommy’s second baby. She had all boys. Even the dog is a boy! Our dog is named Guinness and he was my birthday present when I turned 7 years old. I’m 9 now, so Guinness is two years...