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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: Advocate Spotlight: Lyzeth Mondragon

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I was brought to the American Heart Association's website because my grandmother had just passed away. Both my grandmother and grandfather had suffered strokes so I felt a need to learn more about this topic. As I read about...
  • Blog Post: Education is Why!

    Meet one of the MN State Advocacy Committee members, Andy Iverson. ___________________________________________________________ What is your Why? Education. There is so much we can do to live healthier lives as individuals and as a society the most people just aren’t aware of. The American...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Brandie Kersey

    Brandie Kersey, Indiana Birthdays are times of celebration. And our 21st birthday – well many of us remember that as a milestone of graduating into adulthood. But turning 21 was not a happy occasion for Brandie Kersey. Working two jobs, Brandie suddenly started experiencing some health problems...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Volunteers Participate in Training

    North Dakota Volunteers Volunteers from across the state gathered in Fargo in March to participate in the North Dakota AHA Advocacy Summit and the Legislative Games: Bully Pulpit Advocacy Training. Held in conjunction with the Department of Health Hypertension Conference and the Sanford Obesity Conference...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ruby Bonn

    Ruby Bonn South Dakota Our little miss Ruby has been through quite a lot in her life so far; two ambulance rides, a helicopter and airplane ride all at the young age of 2 weeks. Melissa, her mother, was placed on bed rest at 24 weeks for premature labor. Ruby was born at St. Mary’s hospital...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Matt Zimmerman

    Matt Zimmerman Nebraska My name is Matt Zimmerman and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). I am proud and honored to be an AHA volunteer and advocate for the AHA mission. In my “day job”...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Angela Kooi

    Angela Kooi Michigan On February 27, 2014, I was admitted to Borgess Hospital after being in and out of other hospitals for several weeks with heart-related symptoms (heart racing, dizzy spells, blurred vision, etc). Several tests were run and despite a few elevated EKGs and occasions of catching...
  • Blog Post: Family is Why

    Meet one of our top advocates, Dawn Moen! ______________________________________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? Growing up I was a lifeguard and had to take American Heart Association CPR certifications that were...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight: Kathleen O'Neill

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? Almost 11 years ago, I applied for the Illinois Director of Quality Improvement position at the American Heart Association - Midwest Affiliate. I had worked in health care for many years and I knew that promoting compliance with...
  • 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: Survivor Spotlight: Dave Semrud - A Follow-Up Story

    A couple of months ago I was asked to write about my experiences when I had my heart attack. I did it, and just the writing of it was a good experience. It reminded me of how far I’d come and how much I didn’t want to repeat it. However, I had feelings of not leveling, of not telling the...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Roland Kemink

    Roland Kemink South Dakota August 16, 2013 was a day much like many other summer days working at our Church Camp near Rochford SD. But things changed dramatically about 5 p.m. I put my chain saw aside and started supper for our group of workers. Ten minutes later I thought I had a bit of heartburn...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight: PJ Jones

    What is your why? Education What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I am currently a member of The Multiculture Committee and I wanted to branch out with AHA and see what other volunteer opportunities were out there. So here I am and it is very educational as far...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Sabrina Swee

    Sabrina Swee South Dakota Engaging our youth in healthy eating is important to help combat the childhood obesity crisis facing our nation. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it's encouraging to read about kids like Sabrina Swee who started cooking in the kitchen at age 3. Recently, Sabrina...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Raise Awareness with Heart Month Proclamation

    AHA Volunteer Advocates North Dakota AHA volunteers, survivors, and partners joined for a Heart Month proclamation at the Capitol with Governor Dalrymple. Advocates thanked Governor Dalrymple, who is in his last year, for his support in developing a stronger cardiac and stroke system. Because of strong...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jill Duis

    Jill Duis Nebraska I have walked with heart disease my entire life. I was born with a complete heart block, meaning the top part of my heart didn't communicate with the bottom part, which meant my heart would only beat 40 beats per minute – about half the normal rate. My parents were...
  • Blog Post: Exploring New Places is Why!

    Meet AHA's Communications Coordinator, Emily Schnacky! _____________________________________________________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? My career with the American Heart Association began February 2015 when...