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  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Heart Walk Survivors

    Life is Why! Everyone has a reason to live a healthier, longer life. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier event in the community. It promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment. It is a time of celebration for those who have made lifestyle...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Derek Means

    Derek Means Iowa Derek Means is a typical 12 year old boy who enjoys playing basketball and video games. You would never know that he was born with a congenital heart defect and has undergone 3 lifesaving surgeries, with another in his future. Derek is thankful to the American Heart Association and...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Sabrina Robinson

    Sabrina Robinson Kansas Sabrina Robinson was at home with her then-6-year-old son Zachary, 35 miles away from the nearest hospital where she worked as a nurse in the cardiologist’s office, when she thought she was having a stroke. She called 911 that morning in 2014, but when the EMS crew...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: John Logsdon

    John Logsdon Iowa John Logsdon of Colo, IA is 69 years old. Last August, he had a STEMI ( myocardial infarction or widow maker ) heart attack. He had been driving to a local machine shop to deliver materials. When he got to the shop and started unloading his truck, he began sweating profusely and...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Iowa Legislative Breakfast

    Legislative Breakfast Iowa The American Heart Association held their first Legislative Breakfast of 2016 on January 13th focusing on the need for a state funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. As a federally-funded program, SRTS provides the financial resources to repair sidewalks, hire crossing...
  • 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-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: Tucker Crum

    Tucker Crum Iowa In January of 2015, legislation was passed that requires hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. Tucker is a little boy whose life was saved because of this testing, in fact, he was the first baby in Iowa to be diagnosed with a heart defect...
  • 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 - 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 - David Tucker

    David Tucker Iowa You’re the Cure Advocate Spotlight Meet a Hero in our YTC community, David Tucker . We want to share his accomplishments, passions, great work and a little personal information too. Continue reading to find out what makes David such an outstanding and inspirational advocate...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Nebraska Advocacy Volunteer Summit

    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, so we decided to implement a new advocate...
  • 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: 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: Cameron Price

    Cameron Price Iowa Cameron from Fort Dodge, IA just turned 10 on September 2nd and has already gone through 4 open heart surgeries during his life, with the most recent being in 2010. He had his first open heart surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics just 4 days after he was born...
  • 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 - 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-Owen Hunt

    Owen Hunt Iowa Owen Hunt is a character-he has a certain charisma about him of someone much older. He is an inspiring 4 year old boy who loves to talk and tell stories, play with Legos, puzzles, his dog and, on occasion, his sister. On the outside, Owen is a very normal little boy, but on the inside...
  • 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: 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: Share Your Story: Dr. Benjamin Reinking

    Dr. Benjamin Reinking Iowa As a Pediatric Cardiologist, I choose to be involved with the American Heart Association for one simple reason: Heart disease and stroke are preventable. Think about that. The leading cause of death and disability in the United States is preventable. Even more amazing is...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Iowa

    Iowa For most kids, August marks the end of summer and their return back to school. How do your kids get to and from school? Are they walkers, car riders or do they take the bus? The American Heart Association is partnering with the Healthier Iowa Coalition to create safe and healthy communities...