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  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Javan Cruz

    Javan Cruz Missouri Just 5 percent is the chance of survival when a child suffers sudden cardiac arrest away from a hospital. Javan Cruz is among that small percentage. Back in April, Javan suffered a total of seven sudden cardiac arrests while in his 7th grade classroom. Thanks to quick action taken...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bill O'Neal

    Bill O'Neal Missouri Bill O'Neal's heart stopped while he was giving 40 students an ACT test. "I always think it’s a bit ironic that I taught for two years at the Collegiate School for Medicine and Bioscience and I gave the kids some hands on experience," O'Neal said...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Celebrates Lifesaving Victory as Missouri Becomes 34th State to Provide CPR Training in Schools

    Governor Nixon has signed Senate Bill 711 to equip a new generation of Show-Me State lifesavers; More than 60,000 Missouri students to be newly trained in first year of law’s implementation JEFFERSON CITY, MO, June 14, 2016 – Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 711 (SB 711) today, making...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story:Susan O'Brien

    Susan O'Brien Missouri Susan O’Brien was living happily with her new husband Mark and their two puppies in their dream home, enjoying good times as summer approached. "Life was wonderful," recalled Susan, a petite woman in her 50s who exercised regularly and was in seemingly good...
  • Blog Post: 90 Seconds Can Save a Life

    We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of teaching high school students CPR before they graduate, but what if YOU are called on to give CPR in an emergency? You will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: your spouse, parent, child or friend. In just 90 seconds, you...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Brian Donaldson and his friend Price

    Brian Donaldson and his friend Price Missouri As I close my eyes every night, I am thankful that my family had a great day, filled with health and happiness. In January of this year my 51 year old business partner, mentor and friend, Price, had a massive stroke. He was in much better health than...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Benny

    Benny Missouri Benny was born on July 18, 2014 at 37 weeks with a Congenital Heart Defect.  He is our second blessing and little miracle baby. His diagnosis is Double Outlet Right Ventricle with Sub-aortic Ventricular Septical Defect, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Dextrocardia, Heterotaxy with Asplenia...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Lisa Smith

    Lisa Smith Missouri For more than 20 years, Lisa Smith has taught CPR to students and colleagues in Denver, providing training as many as 30 times a year. The question she often heard was whether she’d ever performed CPR in an emergency. No, she would say, adding, "I hope I could just jump...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Karen Englert to the Team!

    Help us welcome Karen Englert, new Government Relations Director, to the American Heart Association's Missouri Advocacy Team! Karen joins our staff after serving as a volunteer and believes wholeheartedly in our lifesaving mission. In fact, Karen is a survivor of heart disease herself. This year...
  • 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: 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 - 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: Volunteer Advocacy Summit-MO

    Advocacy Volunteer Summit Missouri 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 - Angela Baird

    Angela Baird Missouri 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 Grandview, Missouri. Angela Baird will join group members from across the country and share...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mary Smith

    Mary Smith Missouri In early September 2009, when I woke up from my 5 day coma, you can only image how shocked I was to learn that I had suffered a cardiac arrest. After all, I was a 32 year old vegetarian that worked out five days a week. After talking with doctors and other volunteers with the American...
  • Blog Post: Kearney, MO Passes Smoke-free Law!

    The American Heart Association applauds the city of Kearney, MO and its Board of Alderman for voting to approve a new comprehensive smoke-free law! Kearney is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Kansas City. Approximately 9,038 residents will be breathing clean indoor air now. The new law...
  • 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: Debora Grandison

    Debora Grandison Missouri It was 26 years ago when I was placed on medication to stop pre-term labor. That medication not only jeopardized the life of my unborn child, but mine as well. After a stint in intensive care, I began a long journey of misdiagnoses, medications and medical testing, which...
  • 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: 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: 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: Abby Snodgrass

    Abby Snodgrass Missouri Abby Snodgrass, a suburban St. Louis high school student, is being credited with saving a baby's life. H illsboro High School student Abby Snodgrass knew what to do when an 11month old child stopped breathing at a Walmart store in High Ridge. Snodgrass was in a dressing...
  • Blog Post: Successful Wear Red Day at the Missouri Capitol!

    Lawmakers, advocates and staff helped fill the halls of the Missouri Capitol with RED on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 to bring awareness to the number one killer of women – heart disease. While there, advocates from across the state met with their lawmakers to share their stories of heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mrs. 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...