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  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Spring Events

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Spring Events in Your Area The Advocacy Department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming Spring 2015 events listed below. We will need help throughout the day working at the advocacy information table, collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates for...
  • Blog Post: Illinois State University and American Heart Association Day at the Capitol

    On March 4th, the very first Illinois State University/American Heart Association Day at the Capitol took place in Springfield. 50 students from the exercise physiology program at ISU, led by You’re the Cure volunteers Karen Dennis and Dale Brown, attended a morning training and afternoon of lobbying...
  • Blog Post: Conference of Illinois Legislators Go Red for Women Event at the Statehouse

    You’re the Cure advocates in Illinois kicked off American Heart Month and the 2015 legislative session with our annual Conference of Women Legislators Go Red event at the Capitol on February 4th. Advocates, lawmakers and staff wore their best red and posed for pictures to promote awareness for...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Buffy Mckinney

    Buffy McKinney O Fallon, IL There was never any heart disease in my family. That all changed on August 12, 2010 when my first grandson, Brody, was born with a congenital heart defect called ASD/VSD. The thought was that the holes would eventually close themselves so they released him from the hospital...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Brooke Maynard

    Brooke Maynard Springfield, IL November 20th, 2009, should have been the best day of my life. Instead it turned out to be the best and worst day of my life. This is the day I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. I was talking to my mother about my contractions during labor and the next thing I know...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the IL Legislative Session!

    Our elected officials will returned to Springfield this week, we are off and running in the advocacy department on a new legislative session as well! Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the...
  • Blog Post: Have a Story? Share It with Us!

    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 have been impacted...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Michele Beck

    Michele Beck Glen Ellyn, IL When I was 33 years old, I went to see my doctor and told her that I had pains in my chest and shortness of breath. I am a petite woman and was thin and young. Therefore, my doctor didn't run one heart test. I continued to see her off and on for one more year. Then...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Jimmy Leiter

    Jimmy Leiter Deerfield, IL I was getting ready to play football during my senior year of high school. I had to see my family doctor to get my physical done, and because of a heart murmur and some other heart issues from when I was younger, the doctor insisted I get an echo. He told me that he wouldn't...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocacy Summit - Illinois

    This month we held the first You're the Cure Advocacy Summit in Illinois for our insider advocates, those who reached Champion and Hero rank in the previous fiscal year. Our insiders started the day sharing their stories and their "Life is Why." Then the group reviewed the upcoming...
  • Blog Post: A Win for Public Health in Berkeley

    Three-fourths of voters approve tax on sugary drinks! The voters of Berkeley, California, have delivered a big win not only for the health of their children, but children across the country by demonstrating that cities and citizens have the power to initiate positive change. Sugary drinks are...
  • Blog Post: CDC Report - Heart Disease Still #1 Killer

    When the news broke this week with the latest statistics about the leading causes of death in the United States, we knew the news would be good, and that we’d see a continued decline in heart disease and stroke. And we did! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), death...
  • Blog Post: Lauren's Law Update

    Schools across Illinois are making great strides towards implementing the Lauren Laman CPR and AED training law, passed earlier this year and signed by Governor Pat Quinn on June 5, 2014. The law makes quality CPR and AED training a required part of the existing, required-for-graduation health curriculum...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tracy Green

    Tracy Green Springfield, IL My name is Tracy Green and I am a stroke survivor. On November 10, 2007 I was buying a new car but was not feeling well. I waited to fill out the paperwork but continued feeling worse. As the dealership closed, they drove me home knowing I could not drive. I was in my apartment...
  • Blog Post: Ground-Breaking Illinois Stroke Bill Signed into Law

    Thanks to dedicated volunteers like you, on Monday, August 18, 2014, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 5742, new stroke legislation into law taking a big step forward in emergency care for stroke patients in Illinois. HB 5742 was approved by the Illinois legislature on May 22, having been introduced in...
  • Blog Post: The State of Obesity: Illinois Report

    In recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness month, we are pleased to be able to provide our advocates with the most recent statistics on childhood obesity in our state and across the nation. The State of Obesity report (formerly F as in Fat), a project of the Trust for America’s Health and the...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Dina Piersawl

    Dina Piersawl Chicago, IL I suffered a mini-stroke on January 2, 2004, but my story began a few days earlier during the holidays. I was visiting my parents in Kentucky and had a nagging headache. My mother told me that my eyes looked funny and asked me what was wrong - a mother always knows when there...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Fall Heart Walks!

    The Advocacy department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming Heart Walks listed below. We will need help throughout the day working at the Advocacy information table, collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates to our network. Volunteers are needed for a four hour shift. All volunteers will...
  • Blog Post: Senator Mattie Hunter's Health and Education Fair

    On August 2nd, at Senator Mattie Hunter's Health and Education Fair, the American Heart Association and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity partnered to educate over 500 individuals on the health impact of sugar sweetened beverages and the HEAL ACT. Volunteers collected surveys gauging the audiences'...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Schools Observe New Law Requiring CPR, AED Training

    Check out the article below from the Kane County Chronicle putting Lauren's Law into action. (Photo credit - Sandy Bressner, Shaw Media) George Laman, whose teenage daughter died six years ago after collapsing during a drill team practice at St. Charles North High School, hopes that a new, potentially...
  • Blog Post: Attention Southern Illinois Advocates: Save the Date!

    We are pleased to share this great video promoting the upcoming Southern Illinois Heart Walk. Check it out and then please consider signing up to participate in this great event on October 4th, 2014! If you are interested in volunteering at the Advocacy booth at the walk, please contact Rae O’Neill...
  • Blog Post: A Great Year for Heart-Health Policy in Illinois

    Thanks to the hard work of advocates like YOU, Illinois had another great year in moving heart-health policies forward. Together, we have worked to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and we have much to celebrate this year! Below is a brief summary of this year’s...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dustin Palmer

    Dustin Palmer Salem, IL Last fall I was a normal guy, working a normal job, living a normal life..if there is such a thing. I was in good shape..running several miles a day and working out. And spending every minute I could with my beautiful two year old boy. Then it all changed. One day after work...
  • Blog Post: AHA Presents Awards to Illinois Doctors

    This week at the Board and Committee meetings in Dallas Texas, awards were presented to two Illinois doctors. We would like to take a moment to say congratulations, and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the American Heart Association Gold Heart Award Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, FAHA...
  • Blog Post: Player's Life Saved by CPR and AED at Basketball Game

    Just days after Gov. Quinn signed Lauren’s Law , requiring all Illinois high schools to offer CPR and AED training in the curriculum, a Porta High School student’s life was saved when his coach and bystander performed CPR and used an AED after he collapsed during a basketball game. Check...