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  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Iowa Legislative Breakfast

    Legislative Breakfast Iowa The American Heart Association held their first Legislative Breakfast of 2016 on January 13th focusing on the need for a state funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. As a federally-funded program, SRTS provides the financial resources to repair sidewalks, hire crossing...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Kansas Wear Red Day

    Wear Red Day Kansas Thursday, February 4th was Wear RED Day at the Kansas State Capitol. Thanks to all the volunteers and advocates that made the trip to Topeka to help us fill the halls with RED ! We dropped by our lawmakers offices to introduce ourselves and then had the opportunity to listen to...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Missouri Wear Red Day

    Wear Red Day Missouri Wednesday, February 3 rd was Wear RED Day at the Missouri Capitol. Thanks to all the volunteers and advocates that made the trip to Jefferson City to help us fill the halls with RED ! We dropped by our law makers offices to introduce ourselves and then listened in as the Wear...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: PJ Jones

    What is your why? Education What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I am currently a member of The Multiculture Committee and I wanted to branch out with AHA and see what other volunteer opportunities were out there. So here I am and it is very educational as far...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Sabrina Swee

    Sabrina Swee South Dakota Engaging our youth in healthy eating is important to help combat the childhood obesity crisis facing our nation. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it's encouraging to read about kids like Sabrina Swee who started cooking in the kitchen at age 3. Recently, Sabrina...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Raise Awareness with Heart Month Proclamation

    AHA Volunteer Advocates North Dakota AHA volunteers, survivors, and partners joined for a Heart Month proclamation at the Capitol with Governor Dalrymple. Advocates thanked Governor Dalrymple, who is in his last year, for his support in developing a stronger cardiac and stroke system. Because of strong...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jill Duis

    Jill Duis Nebraska I have walked with heart disease my entire life. I was born with a complete heart block, meaning the top part of my heart didn't communicate with the bottom part, which meant my heart would only beat 40 beats per minute – about half the normal rate. My parents were...
  • Blog Post: Exploring New Places is Why!

    Meet AHA's Communications Coordinator, Emily Schnacky! _____________________________________________________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? My career with the American Heart Association began February 2015 when...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Chris Fowler

    Chris Fowler Michigan There are always days that stick out in a person’s mind. To some, it may a bad day at work, or your boss gets after you, the battery in your car dies, it could be anything from A to Z. My day that sticks out is October 9, 2012. On this day my whole life changed. I was at...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Toni Reel

    Toni Reel As a child, I was told my only option to live a normal life was to have open-heart surgery. My parents didn’t think this was the best solution for me, and became my biggest advocates. This is why I made a commitment to pay it forward and like my parents, I would be a voice for those...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tucker Crum

    Tucker Crum Iowa In January of 2015, legislation was passed that requires hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. Tucker is a little boy whose life was saved because of this testing, in fact, he was the first baby in Iowa to be diagnosed with a heart defect...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Karen Dennis

    What is your why? My WHY started off more as a "work thing." I am a RN and I worked in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Cardiology. Working with the AHA was just something that someone from my department did. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, I just didn’t have much intrinsic...
  • Blog Post: Prevention is Why!

    Meet one of AHA's Contract Lobbyists, Brian McDaniels! ___________________________________________________________________________________ What is your why? Prevention. We are in a position to pass legislation that will save lives and protect families. There is so much competition for resources...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Theresa Ferdinand

    Theresa Ferdinand South Dakota AHA advocate and volunteer Theresa Ferdinand has worked for Rapid City Regional Hospital for 25 years. She began her career as a staff nurse and then moved to Cardiac Rehabilitation where she continued as a nurse and as the director for 23 years. She recently transferred...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Your New Year's Resolution

    It's Monday, the dreaded first day back to work or school after the holiday break. Your holidays were full of celebrations, family gatherings, watching sporting events, and lots and lots of food. You probably didn't exercise as much as you normally do, and you've gotten used to being not...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Brad Dornbos

    Brad Dornbos Michigan My name is Brad Dornbos. I am a Firefighter and EMS Coordinator for the City of Wyoming Department of Public Safety. I am an American Heart Association CPR Instructor and teach CPR/First Aid classes along with the use of AEDs for companies and schools on my days off. Working...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Ann Malmberg

    Ann Malmberg North Dakota I recently joined “You’re the Cure” , the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s grassroots advocacy community. I am the Regional Director of Community Health for Essentia Health. My role at Essentia is totally in line with the role...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Jan Frieb

    Jan Frieb Kansas Jan Frieb has taught CPR classes at Trinity Catholic High School for 24 years, but this year she’s the first instructor in South Central Kansas to use a new tool to teach the important skills to her students. This American Heart Association (AHA) tool is called the "CPR...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Kathy Nolte

    Kathy Nolte Missouri In 2012, I made up my mind that I was going to lose weight once and for all. My knees had begun hurting and I so wanted to feel healthy again. I decided my best option would be to join a weight loss program and to my surprise, it worked. I was successful in losing 53 pounds. Not...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - David Tucker

    David Tucker Iowa You’re the Cure Advocate Spotlight Meet a Hero in our YTC community, David Tucker . We want to share his accomplishments, passions, great work and a little personal information too. Continue reading to find out what makes David such an outstanding and inspirational advocate...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lisa Culbertson

    Lisa Culbertson Nebraska More than 326,000 people in the United States suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually. If more people knew CPR, more lives would be saved. I am one of a few people who has performed CPR, has received CPR, and even more rare, married my lifesaver. I was just 27 years...
  • Blog Post: Why is Why

    Meet Minnesota State Advocacy Committee President, Dale Wakasugi. ____________________________________________________________________________ What is your why? My Why is why. Why did I get heart disease? Why did I have a heart attack? Why did I survive cardiac arrest twice? Why am I still here...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Spotlight: Owen Harris

    Owen Harris South Dakota Shortly after little Owen was born, their doctor told his family he had a very loud heart murmur and that they needed to do an EKG right away. The doctor also said she would be consulting with a pediatric cardiologist from Sioux Falls. A few days later, Owen’s parents...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Tawanda Johnson-Gray

    What is your WHY? My WHY is my children and future generations. What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? In 2008, I had my fourth stroke, which was misdiagnosed originally, until I refused to leave the hospital. Further testing was conducted due to the refusal to...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Nebraska Advocacy Volunteer Summit

    Meet our top active, committed and hero volunteers that recently attended our "Advocacy Volunteer Summit, 2015". It has always been important to us to recognize and show them how thankful we are for their help in the fight against heart disease and stroke, so we decided to implement a new advocate...