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  • Blog Post: Dana Powell

    Dana Powell, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate On January 1, 2012, our family began the year with the birth of our second son, Asa Heard Karchmer. Like all babies, Asa delivered love and wonder into our lives. But those dreams were abruptly shattered on day two of Asa’s life. We came home from Watauga...
  • Blog Post: Supreme Court Rules For the Affordable Care Act

    We live in exciting times. While most of the time, the American Heart Association works with our You’re the Cure advocates on legislative issues, recently the AHA (with several other non-profit health organizations) was able to inform Americans across the country that their access to health care...
  • Blog Post: Lori Valencia Greene

    Lori Valencia Greene, Maryland Lori Valencia Greene is a woman of many hats: mother, daughter, friend, student, and an advocate for change in her community. She was surprised at the young age of 47 to also find herself a stroke survivor! Lori has always had a desire to make a difference. Because...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating AHA Rockstars

    On June 16 th , the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Greater Washington Region (GWR) hosted its 4 th annual ambassador recognition reception at the Bank of America building in Washington, DC. The event highlighted and recognized AHA’s most active and effective volunteers and advocates in...
  • Blog Post: Michele Coleman

    Michele Coleman, District of Columbia “This is not supposed to happen,” uttered Michele Coleman, remembering vividly the moment that cardiologists told her that her newborn baby was being rushed into open-heart surgery at seven days old. Little Dylan is Michele’s youngest of two...
  • Blog Post: Yolanda Dickerson

    Yolanda Dickerson, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I am the product of my village. When I received the AHA Survivor Advocate of the Year award in DC two years ago, I knew it was really not about me. The award is a culmination of those who invested in me and what I’ve learned up to this point. For more...
  • Blog Post: You Don't Have to Face This Alone

    If you, a family member, or a loved one has been affected by heart disease or stroke, it is important to remember that you are not alone. That’s why we want you to know about the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Support Network , a new, free online resource where you can connect...
  • Blog Post: DC Council 101 - the Inside Scoop

    In a town enthralled with government, becoming politically active can be a daunting adventure. Voyagers often discover the road to improved policy is tough and confusing. To alleviate this struggle, DC Council released a roadmap to help citizens navigate their way through DC’s distinctive system...
  • Blog Post: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for Everything You Do!

    It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week this week (April 12 – 16) – and with that thought on our minds, we wanted to tell you how much we appreciate you, and all that you do for You’re the Cure initiatives all across the East Coast. We appreciate every single alert response...
  • Blog Post: If You Build It, They Will Come: Relationships with Lawmakers

    There’s a saying often used when referencing the act of sales which can also be applied to advocacy: It all comes down to relationships. As an advocate, building relationships with elected officials is the number one way you can ensure that lawmakers across your state are educated on the issues...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Amie Hsia

    Dr. Amie Hsia, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate How do you build a passion for stroke? Dr. Amie Hsia is absolutely driven to reduce the gap in knowledge about stroke awareness. As a stroke fellow at Stanford University, Hsia was asked to work on stroke issues in the community. She was staggered by the lack...
  • Blog Post: Stroke System of Care Act Passes in Washington DC

    We are happy to announce the Stroke System of Care Act became official law in Washington, DC on March 10, 2015! This important law establishes a coordinated system of care for stroke patients by: !!! Recognizing three tiers of stroke facilities – Comprehensive, Primary, and Acute Stroke Ready...
  • Blog Post: It's Nice to Share

    Sharing is nice, we learned in kindergarten, and here’s where it can really count. It’s super-easy to share our grassroots network with your friends and family, so their voices can help support CVD legislation too. We seriously need to reach the people who understand something about cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Juddson Rupp

    Juddson Rupp, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I didn’t remember anything from my week in the hospital, but when a friend brought in a copy of the six o’clock news from October 27, 2000 I quickly realized that either that was a slow news day or that I was one lucky miracle survivor with an important...
  • Blog Post: Emilie Singh

    Emilie Singh, Virginia-District of Columbia "When Chloe Saved Gracie’s Life" It was a busy Sunday in 2013 and no one realized my 8 year old daughter Gracie wasn’t feeling well. She woke up late and asked to take a bath but we told her we wanted to go to Costco first. We went...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry Hearing Wows

    Everyone in the chamber for DC’s pulse ox hearing listened incredulously as parent after parent shared heart wrenching stories of newborns diagnosed with critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) and how use of a simple test called pulse oximetry saves lives. Every year, more than 6,000 babies are...
  • Blog Post: Want To Make A Difference? Here's How!

    With 2015 legislative sessions underway, it’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on ways that advocates can make a difference. How Can You Make an Impact? Here are some examples: Take Action (and make it personal) : When you receive an action alert quickly take action! It’s important...
  • Blog Post: AHA Awarded Resolution Declaring Friday as National Wear Red Day

    “I have a family tradition and it’s not one you look forward to like cookies at Christmas,” began National Go Red Spokeswoman Gail Mates, “it’s heart disease.” Heart Disease is not just a man’s disease. Heart disease kills 1 in 3 women every year. That is more...
  • Blog Post: Gail Mates

    Gail Mates, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I spent most of my life watching heart disease strike family members. Both grandfathers died of heart attacks, my father suffered from several and even my mother had an enlarged heart and hypertension that made her susceptible. When my father had a stroke, I witnessed...
  • Blog Post: Darryl Haley and Councilmember Alexander Do Fitness Friday

    Becoming healthier is always among Americans’ top ten New Year’s resolutions and this year Darryl Haley wants to show you how. Join Darryl as he unfolds the ten hottest fitness trends of 2015 in his new radio segment Fitness Friday on WHUR 96.3 . Explore the advantages and disadvantages...
  • Blog Post: One Simple Test Could Save Your Baby’s Life

    Congenital heart defects claim the lives of more babies than any other birth defect. Fortunately, there is now a test that can help identify more than 90% of heart defects, catching these life-threatening defects before the baby even leaves the hospital. This life-saving test is called pulse oximetry...
  • Blog Post: DC Session Prep

    We are getting ready to rumble! We expect the 2015 DC Council session to be eventful and productive. Get a load of the issues we are preparing to work on, and join us, if you’d like, for a short call January 21st to learn details and how you can help. RSVP to join the Jan 21 Session Prep Call:...
  • Blog Post: Kendra Meiklejohn

    Kendra Meiklejohn, Mid-Atlantic My husband and I were so excited at the ultrasound to find out the sex of our second child. We had our son with us. We were joking and talking with the tech. She suddenly grew quiet. When the doctor came in and viewed the ultrasound, he was also very quiet. It didn’t...
  • Blog Post: Paul Kearns

    Paul Kearns, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Over twenty five years ago, I was working as a boat captain on the Long Island Sound. It was a beautiful summer day around dusk when someone collapsed near me on the dock I was operating. This man was turning blue, and after being frozen with fear I did the only...