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  • 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: 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: Tamika Quinn

    Tamika Quinn, Virginia Tamika Quinn is a force to be reckoned with. Ex-military, now a self-made entrepreneur with a charitable ‘side business,’ she’s making her mark on the world and setting a strong example for her daughter. But she’s had to overcome some challenges to get...
  • 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: Prep for New VA Session

    The Virginia General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session began January 13th and we have some important work to do! Our policy agenda this year includes: Access to Healthy Foods – Secure public funding to increase the availability of healthy foods including fruits, vegetables, fiber...
  • 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: Kara Corso

    Kara Corso, Virginia Eating healthy foods sounds like something people should just be able to choose, but where I grew up in rural Virginia, that was not the case. I remember my parents having to drive about 15 miles to get to a grocery store and often settling for a fast food restaurant nearby...
  • 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: What If You Couldn't Reach Your Grocer?

    How close is your grocer? For some of us the answer may be a 5 minute drive or a quick walk up the block. But for 1.7 million Virginians (including 480,000 children), grocery stores and supermarkets are out of reach. Too many Virginians live in low income communities with limited or no access to healthy...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: On Your Mark...

    You’re the Cure is in busy preparation for our upcoming General Assembly sessions, and work on local policy issues at the City or County levels as well. Take two quick steps now to be sure you are ready to engage and can stay up to date on the issues in your area: 1. Make sure you are registered...
  • Blog Post: Don't Miss A Beat! September Is AFib Awareness Month

    Happy September, Advocates! As we head into the fall, there are many exciting things happening. Football is starting, the weather is beginning to grow cooler, and the holidays will be here before you know it. Additionally, as you may or may not know, September is AFib Awareness Month! So, what...
  • Blog Post: Emilie Singh

    Emilie Singh, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate "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 out...
  • Blog Post: Making Success of Recess

    Who’s on recess this summer? Our legislators are, that’s who. Every year they get a recess in August from their usual duties at the state capital to attend to business at home in the districts they serve. That spells ‘golden opportunity’ for us to reach them at a new level. YOU...
  • 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: Should Every Child Have Healthy Food?

    Should every child have healthy food? It seems obvious they should, but the fact is, in Virginia, many do not. Many Virginians live in areas called food deserts, where access to affordable nutritious food is limited or nonexistent. Lack of access to healthy foods is a terrible set up for health problems...
  • 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...