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  • Blog Post: Join us as we rev up F. A. S. T!

    With strokes affecting thousands of Americans every day, we’d like to invite you to join us as we rev up awareness about this medical condition. To help with that, today we’d like to share some startling statistics with you: · 2,150 Americans die each day from Stroke and Heart...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry is Two Years Old!

    While to some, May 8 may just seem like any other day – to North Carolina advocates, this is a day to celebrate an anniversary. On May 8, 2013, the Pulse Oximetry bill was signed into law by Governor McCrory. Even though the policy journey is never easy, knowing that lives will be saved make...
  • 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: Seventy Percent of NC Voters Support Funding a Healthy Corner Store Initiative

    On February 24, the NC Alliance for Health (North Carolina’s statewide coalition working on obesity and tobacco use prevention) released a statewide survey that shows that North Carolina registered voters (70 percent) support the creation of a Healthy Corner Store Initiative as a way of tackling...
  • Blog Post: Diana Cook, North Carolina

    Diana Cook, North Carolina As a veteran volunteer with the American Heart Association, Diana Cook has been involved in a myriad of ways with the organization over the years. As a Charlotte Heart Walk team leader, she led her work team several years in a row – and every year provided countless...
  • Blog Post: When The Surgeon General Comes To Town…

    A special thanks to our guest writer, Dr.Sandra Burke of Charlotte, for her contributions to this story! Recently, the American Heart Association in the Greater Charlotte Region had an excellent opportunity to share its Health Priorities with the newly named U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy...
  • Blog Post: Update from Raleigh: Representative Becky Carney Urges Lawmakers to Go Red for Women

    On Thursday February 5, 2015 Representative Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg) called on her colleagues in the NC House of Representatives to take action to fight cardiovascular diseases in women. She challenged her fellow lawmakers to show their support by wearing red on Wear Red Day Friday February 6, 2015...
  • Blog Post: Dr.Bob Blackburn, North Carolina

    Dr. Bob Blackburn, North Carolina Dr. Blackburn started his career as a volunteer with the American Heart Association in 1973. In a nutshell, why did he get involved? He was working with students and saw the impact tobacco was taking on their lives. The tremendous need for our youth to have better...
  • Blog Post: Making Things Happen in South Carolina!

    We are excited to kick off 2015 in South Carolina! The 2015 session is expected to be eventful and productive. Please check out our legislative priorities below. We hope you will join us as we continue our exciting and life-saving work in the Palmetto State! CPR Training in Schools - Require Hands...
  • Blog Post: Shobha Ghosh

    Shobha Ghosh, Virginia Watching my mother and my older sister suffer with heart disease encouraged me as a second grader to become a cardiologist. But after losing both of them in a span of just 10 days as an 11 year-old, my focus changed. I decided instead to become a biomedical researcher with the...
  • 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: Advocates Shine in North Carolina

    On November 15th, the NC Advocacy Coordinating Committee held its fall/winter meeting. The committee undertook strategic planning for the 2015 session, heard presentations on healthy corner store initiatives and closing the coverage gap in our state, and set the calendar for upcoming advocacy events...
  • 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: You're Invited: Join Us to Learn More About Advocacy

    We have a special opportunity from the NC Alliance for Health (NCAH), our statewide coalition advocating for obesity prevention and tobacco control policy change. The American Heart Association is a proud member of the NCAH. NC Alliance for Health Healthy Food Access Training You are invited to an...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back: Research and Advocacy in the Last Twenty Years

    Stroke Connection, a magazine published by the American Stroke Association (ASA), is having its 20 th anniversary this year. To celebrate 20 years in print the magazine is looking back at some of the greatest accomplishments made by the ASA in the past 20 years. In the Summer 2013 issue, Stroke Connection...
  • Blog Post: Beyond Advocacy: First Annual Researcher Dinner

    We are always encouraging our You’re the Cure advocates to look out for opportunities to get involved at the American Heart Association beyond just their advocacy efforts. We want our advocates to not only feel like they have an active network of other advocates that they can engage with, but also...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Street Heart Beat, volume 3

    For this legislative update, we have some exciting news regarding one of our top federal legislative priorities, National Institutes of Health Funding. At the state level, we have been very busy seeing positive movement on our top issues. As always, thank you for your efforts and please stay tuned to...
  • Blog Post: Can We Reach 6,000 Signatures by Monday?

    The Rally for Medical Research is less than a week away and we already have over 5,300 names added to our “Many Hearts, One Voice” petition. Each and every one of the names that are on our petition will be with us at the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, DC on April 8 th , proudly...
  • Blog Post: Lend Your Heart to the "Many Hearts, One Voice for Medical Research" Petition!

    There’s something big about to happen in Washington, DC, that you need to be a part of! On April 8th, thousands of survivors and researchers, including hundreds of our You’re the Cure advocates, will join together in our nation’s capital to deliver a strong, unified message to Congress...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocates Meet with Maryland Legislators to Discuss NIH Sequester

    AHA and many other health organizations across the country are working hard to put a stop to the $2.5 Billion NIH Sequester (across-the-board cut) that is scheduled to take place in January of 2013, unless congress votes against it. This Sequester could be the cause of thousands of jobs lost, and an...
  • Blog Post: NIH Funding Saves Lives

    North Carolina You’re the Cure advocate, Juddson Rupp recently had a letter to the editor published in the Charlotte Observer, “ Don’t let NIH research fall off the fiscal cliff; it saves lives.” Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/11/19/3670514/observer-forum...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Defend NIH Funding

    Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be cut by about $2.4 billion or at least 8% in January 2013 as a result of automatic across-the-board cuts (or sequestration) required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. These reductions would be in addition to any made in the regular funding process...
  • Blog Post: Kim Landreth

    Kim Landreth, North Carolina All I ever wanted was to be a mother. Then six months into my pregnancy I found out that my baby girl would be born with a heart defect. We were devastated and so afraid of what was to come for our little girl. Olivia was born in Jan. 2008 with a heart defect that later...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry Screening Saved Joshua

    When Joshua Lemacks was born via c-section, his parents knew ahead of time that there was a problem. He was immediately whisked away to the hospital next door for his first of three open-heart surgeries. His mother, Jodi says, ”The first time I saw Joshua the next day, it was hard to see the baby...