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  • 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-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 - 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: Volunteer Advocacy Summit-KS

    Volunteer Advocacy Summit Kansas 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...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Julie Rickman

    Julie Rickman Kansas American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women announced this year’s “Real Women,” national spokespeople for the cause, and one of the nine women selected is from Overland Park, Kansas. Julie Rickman will join group members from across the country to share...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Wichita Sweethearts

    Wichita Sweethearts Kansas The American Heart Association Sweethearts are high school sophomores who (from September through June) actively participate in a program designed to teach them about heart healthy lifestyles and about the prevention of heart disease through education and volunteerism. ...
  • Blog Post: Step it Up! The Surgeon General Advocates the Benefits of Walkable Communities

    We applaud the United States Surgeon General for recently issuing a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenna Bell

    Jenna Bell Kansas I am a mom, Army Wife, daughter, and a survivor of heart disease. When I was 23 I was diagnosed with a cardiomyopathy and told I was at risk for sudden cardiac death. I wouldn’t have a heart attack. My heart would simply stop and I would die. I was told that I would never have...
  • 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: Kansas 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

    The 2015 Kansas legislative session recently came to an end after weeks of long and contentious debate. Thank you to our You’re the Cure advocates whose countless letters of support, e-mails, phone calls and visits with lawmakers were vital in helping us maintain heart healthy policies in Kansas...
  • 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: 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: 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: Share Your Story: Jeannie Roberson

    Jeannie Roberson Kansas Sometimes Jeannie Roberson has to pinch herself to remember this is her new life. A healthy, happy, active, non-smoking life. It’s a complete turn-around from her lowest point six years ago struggling to breathe in the shower. "That morning I didn’t know...
  • Blog Post: Smokers are a Heart Attack Waiting to Happen: Cathy Porter's Story

    Inhale. Pause. Exhale. Slowly and deliberately a cigarette gives smokers immediate satisfaction. Now picture that swirl of smoke upon exhale creeping around your body and taking hold, like a tight hug. It grips your heart and won’t let go – literally squeezing the life out of you. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jennifer Caribardi

    Jennifer Caribardi As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it. “I am too busy for this to happen,” she thought as her symptoms...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Rob Shipley

    Rob Shipley Kansas On March 20th 2013, Rob Shipley was enjoying a game of basketball with his 13-year-old son Bennett, when he started feeling light-headed, short of breath and went to sit down. This was unusual for Rob as he was an active 40-year-old that enjoyed biking, running and taking spin class...
  • Blog Post: NEHA AGGARWAL

    Neha Aggarwal, You’re the Cure Advocate One day while he was walking through the park, Neha Aggarwal’s maternal grandfather suddenly fell to the ground—he had unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, her grandfather had been very active mentally, physically, socially, and...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Zach Haney

    Zach Haney Kansas As a child I was interested in entrepreneurship. I loved spending time creating business plans and connecting with local professionals. During my freshman year of high school, I created an organization called Teens Taking Action; an organization that strives to inspire and empower...
  • Blog Post: 61,000 Kids is Why

    While the state of Kansas wrestles with finding a solution for its current deficit, we know there is a popular and life-saving way to raise some much needed revenue for the state – an increase in the tobacco tax. Kansans for a Healthy Future (K4HF) is a coalition formed around the singular mission...
  • Blog Post: Life is Why

    I carry a picture with me in my portfolio of a little boy I met at a Heart Walk last year. His name is Colton, and by the age of 9 when I met him, he’d already endured five heart surgeries, suffering a stroke during the last one. That’s a lot for anyone to go through, let alone a child not...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Danielle Patterson

    Danielle Patterson Kansas No one ever expects to save a man’s life, especially on a Saturday afternoon, in a crowd of 55,000 people and on a day where the temperature was 24 degrees, at best. Little did I know that on this day, at a Kansas State University football game, I not only would perform...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Mhire

    Jenny Mhire Missouri With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR. He’d never used those skills, though – not until his wife needed her life to be saved. It was April 2008, and Jeremy, Jenny...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Quality Physical Education - What is it?

    Breon Schroeder Derby Spearfish SD and Chadron NE Some individuals may remember a time where ‘gym’ class revolved around an unstructured chaos of playing dodge-ball, being picked last for teams, and sitting on the sidelines while the instructor focused on getting his or her athletes prepared...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kaala Berry

    Kaala Berry Kansas I am a junior at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, KS. Since 2011, I have been actively volunteering in various American Heart Association initiatives such as health fairs, “Power To End Stroke” program and advocacy efforts such as Hands Only CPR, Healthy...