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  • Blog Post: The Go Red For Women Community Expo

    American Heart Association | American Stroke Association Presents The Go Red For Women Community Expo Union Station’s Great Hall 500 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago Friday, May 29 th 8:30 am to 2 pm Heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing one woman...
  • Blog Post: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: Advances in Stroke Treatment Just in Time for Stroke Month

    Check out this great article from the Chicago Tribune on the advances in stroke treatment, just in time for Stroke Month. Based on findings from recent studies, stroke patients will benefit from advanced treatment offered by comprehensive stroke centers across the nation. Hospitals in Illinois...
  • 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: 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: Chicago Pilot Health Event Series Sparks Health Innovation

    The largest challenge faced by new healthcare technology companies is finding a place to test run their new product or idea. Almost every startup aiming to bring innovation to healthcare has obstacles obtaining their first pilot at a hospital. Often times, entrepreneurs are lost on who to approach at...
  • 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...