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  • Blog Post: Join You're the Cure at a Heart Walk Near You!

    It’s September and schools are back in session, temperatures are cooler and leaves will soon change from green to yellow, orange, and red. For all of us at the AHA, it means Heart Walk time! You’re the Cure has a booth at our Heart Walk events. We provide information to walkers about how...
  • Blog Post: Mary Kay Ballasiotes

    Mary Kay Ballasiotes, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Mary Kay Ballasiotes has been advocating for children for over 15 years. Her daughter, Michelle had a stroke before she was born and that moment changed both of their lives forever. Mary Kay’s advocacy days started in 2002 in Chicago where she founded...
  • Blog Post: Information: The Most Valuable Player

    Fall is the perfect time of year to learn more about your elected officials. November 8, election day will help shape the course for our communities, state and nation for the next several years. We encourage everyone to vote.  We are often asked about learning more about elected officials and candidates...
  • Blog Post: Neha Aggarwal

    Neha Aggarwal, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate One day while he was walking through the park, Neha Aggarwal’s maternal grandfather suddenly fell to the ground—he had unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, her grandfather had been very active mentally, physically, socially, and professionally...
  • Blog Post: Gail Harris-Berry

    No one in Prince George’s County is more passionate about heart health than Gail Harris-Berry. Since becoming a You’re the Cure advocate in 2012, Gail has worked hard to keep her friends, family, and community informed on how to live a heart healthy life. Gail has been an active Prince...
  • Blog Post: In-District Meetings - the Golden Window?

    Could timing be everything when you want to get your legislator’s attention? When lawmakers are ‘in Session’ they are flooded with constituent requests about current legislation. This is when they are on active duty in their General Assemblies or other governing body. While these advocate...
  • Blog Post: Neil Dorsey

    NEIL DORSEY, MID-ATLANTIC AFFILIATE Why am I an advocate? What got me started down this path? I have always felt the need to speak up about issues that impact on our lives. I once heard at a meeting that we advocate for those folks who cannot speak or do not have a voice in decisions being made about...
  • Blog Post: We Met At The Capitol

    It has been a busy spring in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate! Across the affiliate we have been hosting Lobby Days to bring advocates together to meet with their lawmakers, so join us to learn what your neighbors have been busily working on this session. South Carolina’s inaugural Lobby Day in March...
  • Blog Post: Debra Wells

    Debra Wells, District of Columbia Don’t ever let yourself wind up like Debra Wells. Doctors confirm her heart stopped for almost 20 seconds. Today she’s alive to tell about it, and it was a rough road. Before her heart problems, Debra was a successful business woman, working as Vice...
  • Blog Post: Let's Get Mobile!

    We’re keeping up with the times, and now you can advocate by text, in addition to the emails you might be used to. You can get on our mobile list and lend your voice to a policy issue at the same time – just be sure you reply to the ‘auto-response’ after you send your first...
  • 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 three 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: Psst ... We Want To Tell You Something Big!

    Throughout the year, we reach out with a "THANK YOU!" message to our advocates because we want you to know that your efforts are making a difference and saving lives. We appreciate you every moment of every day. We value those times when you rush through dinner with your family to make to...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer & Joel Griffin

    Jennifer & Joel Griffin, Virginia On June 8, 2012, Gwyneth Griffin, a 7th grader at A. G. Wright Middle School, collapsed in cardiac arrest. Several critical minutes passed before her father, Joel, reached her. CPR had not been initiated. “ There was no one else taking care of my daughter...
  • Blog Post: Larry Calhoun

    Larry Calhoun, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Several years ago, I completed a 75 mile charity bike ride--a proud achievement and testimony to my level of fitness to complete the ride. About a week later, I went to bed early not feeling well. I awoke at 3:00 a.m. with a pain in my chest that felt like someone...
  • Blog Post: If You Build It, They Will Become

    How do you get your lawmakers to become allies for our mission and policy efforts? In truth some may never, but many will if you take the time to employ a few basic strategies to build your relationship with them, and thereby strengthen the power of your constituent voice. Connect. Write, call...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocates Go Red!

    Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness about women’s risk of cardiovascular disease and empower them to take control of their heart health.  It is a year-long campaign that culminates in February for Heart Month. All of the markets within the Mid...
  • Blog Post: Amy Edmunds

    Amy Edmunds, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Opening doors has been the most rewarding aspect of my volunteer experience. Since experiencing ischemic stroke in 2002, I have been an actively engaged volunteer throughout the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Undoubtedly, the first door to open was my own! It has been...
  • Blog Post: Neal Reynolds

    Neal Reynolds, Maryland Neal Reynolds was never an active advocate until his passion for telemedicine collided with a policy opportunity. As a physician who has spent a lot of time over the years working in hospital intensive care units, he has unique insight into how policy change for telemedicine...
  • Blog Post: Prep for New MD Session

    The Maryland General Assembly's 2016 legislative session opened January 13 and we have some important work to do! Please join us for a short call January 19 at noon to learn details of our legislative agenda and how you can help. Our policy agenda this year includes: Healthy Eating Options - Promote...
  • Blog Post: Is Social Media Your Thing?

    Are you a regular user of Facebook or Twitter? You don’t know how valuable you could be to our mission! You could help us expand our reach and inspire others to help just by sharing our blog posts, online action alerts, and other items related to our mission. So easy, but so valuable!! In...
  • Blog Post: Frank Amend

    Frank Amend, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Frank Amend had never even heard of the American Heart Association before 2003. That’s when at 41 years old he underwent a heart catherization procedure to have four stents implanted in his coronary arteries. Frank actually joined the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Nutrition On the Go Can Be Easy!

    On November 4th, we celebrated National Eating Healthy Day to encourage everyone to resolve to eat healthy. We know eating healthy meals in an on-the-go lifestyle can be quite the challenge. So how can we make sure we are making smart choices? With holiday parties around the corner and all of the...
  • Blog Post: Anne Efron

    Anne Efron, Maryland Following a long day at work Anne Efron and her husband Dave were getting set to grill for dinner. After making a quick trip to the store Dave returned to find Anne unconscious and without a pulse, in full cardiac arrest. She had a history of what had been diagnosed as benign...
  • Blog Post: Milton Mitchell

    Milton Mitchell, Maryland A hereditary blood condition called Amyloidosis broke my heart. This is a disease that will eventually attack and destroy all your organs, and it got my heart and liver before the miracles of modern medicine turned my life around. When I was diagnosed in 2011, I had an...
  • Blog Post: Francee Levin

    Francee Levin, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate The last thing I remember of my poetry residency at Colleton County Middle School was getting an elevator key. The next thing was seeing a strange ceiling, which turned out to be in an intensive care unit, over a week later. I was told I was talking to a teacher...