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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ms. Jennifer Caribardi

    Ms. 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: 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: Iowa Newborns

    Iowa Newborns Iowa Iowa joins a growing list of states that are requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. The state’s new regulation requires all Iowa hospitals to use the test, screening more than 27,000 babies each year. Pulse oximetry...
  • 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...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Iowa's Sweethearts

    Iowa's Sweethearts Iowa The American Heart Association Sweethearts are high school girls who actively participate in a program designed to teach them about heart healthy lifestyles and the prevention of heart disease through education and volunteerism. Through the Sweetheart program, these young...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Lauren Lutz

    Lauren Lutz Missouri Rep. Ron Hicks, R-St. Peters, has several awards hanging on his office wall. He was most proud of the Child Advocacy Award he received, a little over a year ago. The award was for his part in the passage of Jonathan’s Law. "It was the only clean bill out of the House...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Beth Keith

    Beth Keith Missouri August 16, 2011 proved to be another wonderful birthday with my husband and children in such an unexpected way, one that I didn’t expect. I didn’t feel very well but chalked it up to being a tired mommy. That evening, while getting ready for bed, I felt the left side...
  • 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: Scott Sanborn

    Scott Sanborn Iowa As the anchor of a morning TV news show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Scott Sanborn had to be an early riser. In hopes of getting in some exercise before work, he set the alarm clock even earlier and hopped on his wife’s glider at 1:30 a.m. Within a few minutes, he felt pain in...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Dr. Jim Blaine

    Dr Jim Blaine Missouri As an Emergency physician for 17 years, Dr. Jim Blaine is very aware of the devastation caused by cardiovascular disease. As a Family Physician for the last 15 years, he acknowledges that most cardiovascular disease can be prevented. Recently, Dr. Blaine has become a Provider...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dezi Hamann

    Dezi Hamann Iowa Dezi exudes strength and joy. As his mom, and as a heart mom, I owe it to him to do everything I can to help sustain the progress that was made by three pioneers with heart babies. It was April 21, 2013 that our baby was diagnosed with a CHD and that moment feels like it was a...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Nixon

    Jenny Nixon Iowa-RVP Youth Market "I don’t think I am doing anything amazing, or that there's something special about what I do (as a manager). I just think, No. 1, it's important that your team knows you care for them. And No. 2, that you have fun. Laugh and have a good time. Especially...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jene Hong

    Jene Hong Kansas Throughout the course of my life I have had two strong yet contradictory thoughts. One, our bodies are truly amazing and only a divine being could create something so flawlessly. Secondly, my family would be healthy until we get “old”. My parents had made many unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Janell Husky

    Janell Husky Missouri I have been a registered nurse for the past 30 years. I had some familiarity with heart disease, early on, as my career began with critical care but just not in the cardiac unit. In 2003, I decided to further my career through Nursing Education. This path has allowed me to get...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Paul Ansaldo

    Paul Ansaldo Kansas I was 29 years old when I had my stroke, which changed my life forever. As I look back, my life has been altered, not for the better or worse, it just became different. I now face a few more challenges in my day to day living and at 53 years young, I’m writing my stroke story...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Keri Mathews

    Keri Mathews Missouri In 2011, our family had the privilege of being featured as the Kansas City Heart Walk family. During this experience, we shared our story of how heart disease has touched our lives through the generations. It was an honor to have shared our story and help further the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sonja Watson

    Sonja Watson Iowa "Eat all your food, there are hungry children in this world," was a phrase I heard often when I was a child and I still think of it today when I sit down to eat a meal. Of course the food we ate was commonly full of salt and unhealthy fat. As an African-American woman...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sophia Foster

    Sophia Foster Kansas Cassandra is thankful for a simple screening test for newborns, not yet required in Kansas, as it saved her baby’s life. That screening, called a pulse oximetry test, found the oxygen level in her first child, Sophia, to be dangerously low. It was the first step to discovering...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Linda Dickson

    Linda Dickson Missouri As we travel down the road of life, we can choose the paths we would like to take but sometimes a path is chosen for us. This path can look very scary at first but then you realize it has made your life even more meaningful. The events on March 22, 2007 chose a path that I would...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ardon Brandt

    Ardon Brandt Iowa I was a first-time mom-to-be. I was 11 days overdue. I was impatient. I wanted to meet my baby. After 34 hours of labor my nurse came racing into my room. She was moving the baby monitor around and getting agitated; she could not find my baby’s heartbeat. The OB was called...