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  • 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: Ginnie Gick

    Ginnie Gick, Maryland May 20, 2010, started out like many mornings in Ginnie Gick’s household. Ginnie was making breakfast for her three kids. Her husband Dan, who happened to be running late that morning, was gathering his things and getting ready to leave for work. That morning changed...
  • 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: 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: Advocates Converge on Annapolis to Support Healthier Kids’ Meals

    It might be cold outside, but things are heating up in the Maryland General Assembly! You’re the Cure advocates from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis on February 5 for the American Heart Association’s 2015 Lobby Day to support legislation to improve the nutritional quality of kids’...
  • 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: 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: Thirsty for Change

    With the 2015 Legislative Session well underway, the American Heart Association is working on an exciting campaign to improve the health of Maryland children. As most parents are well aware, many restaurants offer menu items just for kids. Given the high rates of childhood obesity in Maryland, it’s...
  • Blog Post: MD Session Prep

    We are getting ready to rumble! We expect the 2015 MD General Assembly 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 26th to learn details and how you can help. RSVP for the Jan 26 Session 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...
  • Blog Post: Your Special Power Moves Mountains

    Do you know about your special power? Advocacy is the use of your power to influence someone who can give you what you want. As an American Heart Association You’re the Cure advocate you use the special power of your voice to influence lawmakers, and move mountains for thousands upon thousands...
  • Blog Post: Making Kids' Meals Healthy

    Demand for healthful kids’ meals at restaurants is growing. There is a great need for options for kids that are not only healthy but also flavorful, fun and interesting. Research shows that the aggressive marketing and advertising of high-calorie, unhealthy foods to children are contributing to...
  • Blog Post: We're Thankful... For You

    It has been an incredibly exciting year in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, full of policy advancement and growth in our You’re the Cure network. None of our success could have happened without the work of you, our many dedicated advocates. We are thankful for you. Our DC advocates worked hard...
  • Blog Post: Richard Benson

    Richard Benson, MD/PhD, District of Columbia “I’m looking at the man in the mirror.” When it comes to preventing heart disease and stroke, the #1 and #4 most common causes of death in the US, respectively, I think of those famous and poignant words by the late great Michael Jackson...
  • Blog Post: Find Who Cares Like You Do

    You care about helping Americans live healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. We know you care because you are a You’re the Cure Advocate, supporting our efforts to change policies that impact this. But we desperately need more like you – people willing to take simple...
  • Blog Post: Joye Mullis

    Joye Mullis, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate As with all children, my son’s story began well before his birth. I had a fairly easy pregnancy, tainted by a couple of scares early on, but then all appeared well at my 20-week ultrasound. I was healthy. Baby was healthy. Life was good. At 28 weeks...
  • 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: Come Help Us Grow Grassroots at Fall Heart Walks around MD!

    Heart Walk is an opportunity to come play with us, help make walkers aware of our advocacy efforts, and engage them in the You're the Cure grassroots network. We need your help manning our You're the Cure booths at these events to spread the message! Take a look at the list of Heart Walk events...
  • Blog Post: What Is Your Why?

    As you may know, the American Heart Association has kicked off our new "Life is Why" campaign. We know there are many reasons "why" you are passionate, and we’d like to know what the reasons are behind your "why!" We are running a social media campaign focused on...
  • 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: Help You're the Cure by Having a Party?!

    Huh?! I can help You’re the Cure by having a party? You sure can, and it’s fun to do! Tupperware might have started the trend, but many since have figured out the beauty of sharing a message with a group of friends to help get something done. One of the ways we get advocacy done is with...