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  • 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: Leonard Edloe, Jr, PharmD

    Leonard Edloe Jr, PharmD, Virginia Dr. Leonard Edloe is a staunch supporter for the profession of pharmacy in numerous areas of public policy. The drive to help others led him to many worthwhile pursuits, including active advocacy with You’re the Cure . A retired pharmacist now, Dr. Edloe...
  • 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: 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: 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: VA Session Prep

    Members of the Virginia General Assembly have rolled into Richmond for their 2015 legislative session. Please join us for a short call January 23 at noon to learn details on our legislative agenda and how you can help. RSVP for the Jan 23 Session call: rebekah.mcdonald@heart.org Funding for Tobacco...
  • 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: 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: New Faces in VA Government Relations

    New faces grace the VA Government Relations team this fall. Please help us welcome Amy Hewett, Sr. Government Relations Director, and Robin Gahan, VA Government Relations Director. Amy Hewett joined AHA’s advocacy team in September. She has significant legislative, advocacy and grassroots experience...
  • 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: Come Help Us Grow Grassroots at Fall Heart Walks in VA or DC!

    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 full list of Heart Walk...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Be One In A Million

    Million Hearts is an answer. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country and the #1 killer of women. But effective community CVD prevention interventions have been underutilized due...
  • Blog Post: Amy Edmunds

    Amy Edmunds, South Carolina 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 an amazing...