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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: David Bordewyk

    David Bordewyk South Dakota As general manager and chief lobbyist for South Dakota Newspaper Association, I spend a portion of every winter at the state capitol in Pierre, advocating for newspapers, the First Amendment and open government issues before legislators and others. Lobbying during the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Margo Knefelkamp

    Margo Knefelkamp, Indiana While working full-time and earning her MBA, Margo adopted healthier habits that helped her lose 100 pounds. She joined a CrossFit gym and exercises multiple times per week. She cut sugar-sweetened beverages and began eating healthier foods. The results have been an inspiration...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jamie Schneider

    Jamie Schneider Nebraska Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking the lives of one in three each year. Sometimes, that statistic does not seem alarming because it is easy to trick yourself into thinking that the one person will not be you. Heart disease is for other people. But as the youngest...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story!

    Share Your Story Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Representative Nick Zerwas

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? My involvement with the AHA goes all the way back to when I was first born. I was born with a heart defect, and my parents taught me at a young age how important it was to be a volunteer/advocate with the AHA. After surviving 10...
  • Blog Post: Meet Illinois Advocacy Staff: Julie Mirostaw

    What brought you to be an advocate/staff for the American Heart Association? I have worked in the advocacy, okay lobbying, arena for almost ten years. I want to put the skills I have acquired and my experiences to use for an organization whose mission is to save lives and make the world a healthier...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Spotlight: Jackson Walters

    Jackson Walters North Dakota Advocates from across the nation traveled to Washington DC to talk to their lawmakers about the importance of school nutrition in the fight against childhood obesity. The North Dakota delegation had the opportunity to visit with Senator Hoeven, Senator Heitkamp and Congressman...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Corrie Kielty

    Corrie Kielty Nebraska Being a mom and now a grandmother, involves much more than day to day mom duties. It means doing everything I can to make Nebraska, my lifelong home, a better place for children. Hopefully I’ve modeled Mahatma Gandhi’s profound advice to “be the change you...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Amber Rost

    Amber Rost South Dakota As an active, busy mom of two school-age girls, I try very hard to ensure my family is getting the good nutrition they need each and every day. It can be a challenge not only to put nutritious meals on the table every day, but also to combat the marketing of junk food that...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Andrew Christensen

    Andrew Christensen Michigan I was born on May 3,1990 with a rare heart condition called Truncus Arteriosus with ventricular bi septal defect, a condition that effects only 1% of children born with congenital heart conditions. It means that one large blood vessel leads out of my heart instead of two...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Valerie McDonald

    Valerie McDoanld North Dakota It was mid-August in 1984. I was eight months pregnant with my 3 rd child. I received a call from my brother-in-law telling me that my father had a heart attack while visiting family in the small town of Warren MN. At this point in my life I had no medical training and...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Julie Hederman

    Julie Hederman Missouri Meet our You’re the Cure HERO Advocate – Julie Hederman! Julie has reached the HERO level in our You’re the Cure community. We want to share her accomplishments and what inspires her to become a top level advocate. What brought you to be an advocate for...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Scott Davis

    Scott Davis Iowa Stroke forced Scott Davis into retirement but it is his perseverance that put him back on the force. Scott Davis is in the top 1 percent of people who suffer his kind of stroke. His update is below. His original story. On Sunday Jan 18th I was getting ready for my job when I...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Abby, Molly, Madeline and Blake

    Abby, Molly, Madeline and Blake Kansas For Abby Anderson, Molly Ogden, Madeline Mudd, and Blake Ephraim, high school hasn't been easy. Beyond the typical struggles of being a teenager, each of these girls are also stroke survivors. At times it has been a tough road filled with sadness and loneliness...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Helen Bagshaw

    Helen Bagshaw - Minnesota My name is Helen Bagshaw and I am an RN CCRN and Registered American Heart CPR/ACLS Instructor at Winona Health. My aim and passion is to teach, educate and provide information about ‘Hands-Only CPR’, AED Use and Choking Emergencies to every Citizen in Winona...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Bob Biggins

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I had my stroke in 2003 while serving in the Illinois legislature. I'd already been working with the American Heart Association on health care issues so after I was able, I became a visible advocate for heart healthy issues...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Advocates Traveled to D.C. for National Lobby Day!

    On May 11 and 12, the Midwest Affiliate joined more than 380 advocates in Washington D.C. for You’re the Cure on the Hill national lobby day. We had 53 volunteers 10 of which were youth advocates, 20 staff representing all 11 states in the affiliate who stepped up to the plate for healthy school...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Be Wary of Sneaky Salt!

    Sneaky Salt Become an advocate in our fight against sneaky Salt! Say NO to the higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health problems linked to too much sodium. Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Chrissy Meyer

    Chrissy Meyer South Dakota The American Heart Association is excited to welcome back Chrissy Meyer to the AHA staff. Chrissy joins the North Dakota and South Dakota teams as the Communications Director for both states. Chrissy began her relationship with the AHA as a Go Red For Women volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Becky Rinehart

    Becky Rinehart Indiana Becky Rinehart has been fighting for six years to return to a lifestyle she knew before she suffered a stroke. Prior to the stroke, she was a runner and played golf and softball. She is now an active walker and does other exercises. The stroke also affected her ability to communicate...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Scott & Danielle Hawkins

    Scott & Danielle Hawkins Michigan In April of 2014 my husband, Scott, had an Ateriovenous Malformation (AVM) rupture. Fortunately, Scott knew something was happening because he had an intense headache and slurred speech. After calling me, we both called 911. That phone call saved Scott's...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lois Mauch

    Lois Mauch North Dakota We all want to make a difference; I had the opportunity to participate as a representative of North Dakota Society of Healthy and Physical Educators, (ND SHAPE) with the American Heart Association Lobby day. Advocacy is important no matter what your profession is and becoming...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sneaky Salt

    Sneaky Salt Become an advocate in our fight against sneaky Salt! Say NO to the higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health problems linked to too much sodium. Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Joan Enderle

    Early in my career as a dietitian, I learned firsthand how one person can make an impact and that a small group of individuals can shape policy at a local, state and national level. Those early experiences built my confidence to expand advocacy work to include the American Heart Association (AHA) as...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Laura Sypal

    As a mother of three small children, I consider it my job and privilege to help them grow up healthy and strong. I feel that one of the best and easiest ways I do this is by feeding them nutritious food and living an active lifestyle as a family. I am a firm believer that food can be either our best...