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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Angie Jorgensen

    Angie Jorgensen Nebraska My wonderful husband, Jon and I together have 4 great children—Alexis, now 21; Garrett, 19; Josh, 15 and Justin 12. Our daughter is working and planning for more school. All 3 boys are currently playing football, and we are going to be cheering at lots of games this...
  • Blog Post: For Kids, What is Ideal Heart Health?

    The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health. Many are overweight or obese. Others don’t get enough...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Rae O'Leary

    Rae O'Leary South Dakota Rae O'Leary is a advocate for public health and led the Canli Coalition to pass a tribal ordinance to protect the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe from the dangers of secondhand smoke by making all enclosed places smoke-free. Rae also joined our state-wide advocacy committee...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Jackie Blake

    Jackie Blake Iowa One word…TERRIFYING. That is how Ross Blake describes the events on July 20, 2009. He, along with his wife Jackie and their young daughter Madelyn, had just embarked on a road trip to see his sister in Eastern Iowa when Jackie started to complain that she could not see while...
  • 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 - Rick Worrel

    Rick Worrel Kansas It was a cool, spring morning in May when thousands gathered to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for a 5K run through Theis Park. "I wanted to beat my time, so I had been training on my own," Rick Worrel said. The year before, Worrel had some heart issues...
  • 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: Michelle Nielson

    Michelle Nielson Nebraska Meet Michelle Nielson! Michelle is the new Senior Community Health Director out of the Omaha office. Michelle returns to the AHA after serving as the Director of State Health Alliances for AHA from 2008 to 2009. Michelle brings an enthusiastic attitude and says she is looking...
  • Blog Post: Health is Why!

    Meet Elaine Larson, Minnesota's Youth Market Admin and top staff volunteer! ________________________________________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? You can stand behind the things that the American...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Alanna Lee

    Alanna Lee - Michigan For eight years, I struggled to get a diagnosis for my heart condition. It started when I was 16. I was young, healthy, and active. When I started having heart palpitations and chest pains, I had no idea why. When you are 16, your peers and teachers aren't talking about heart...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Hayden Grimm

    Hayden Grimm Iowa Hayden was born January 21, 2011, and at the time his parents had no idea anything was wrong with him. Twelve hours after he was born though, he was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He was diagnosed with Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome. Hayden had his first...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Lexie Amerin

    Lexie Amerin Kansas My name is Lexie Amerin and I am a 17 year old senior at Southwestern Heights High School. My heart problems occurred while I was in my mother’s womb but weren’t realized until after I was born. I cried once but then I stopped breathing and they had to resuscitate...
  • Blog Post: Norman is Why!

    Meet Norman Petrik, one of AHA's top volunteers! _________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I have always been an advocate for lobbying, and after my heart surgery, that became important oo. What issues or...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Janelle Steinberg

    Janelle Steinberg North Dakota I am busy - like crazy, off-the-charts busy. I have six kids, a husband, a part-time job at my church, a couple of businesses, I run the North Dakota International Pageant, and volunteer opportunities coming out of my ears. You know what though, I LOVE IT! I can’t...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Karen Larimer

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?  My focused, unrelenting desire to see the "healthy choice as the default choice". I strongly believe that evidence-based public policy makes the biggest difference in health. What issues or policies are you most...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Amy Marsh

    Amy Marsh South Dakota My name is Amy Marsh and I have been providing Emergency Medical Services in South Dakota since 1991. I currently work as an EMS Educator for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and continue to volunteer for Renner Fire Rescue. I attended my first Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: AHA Volunteer Jill Duis

    Jill Duis Nebraska Congratulations to Nebraska AHA Advocate Jill Duis on recently being honored with the Leadership Champion Award by Work Well in Lincoln. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of personal health or the health of others. Jill...
  • 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: Share Your Story - Shareena Turley

    Shareena Turley Kansas Shareena Turley knows first-hand that a stroke can occur at any age. Fortunately, the 26-year-old Park City life insurance agent also knew the signs and symptoms of stroke when her vision suddenly went "haywire" while she was driving. "I was able to pull over...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Tatum Henderson

    Tatum Henderson Iowa Tatum’s tangle of heart problems were discovered in the womb. At their 20-week ultrasound, Jamie and Cale Henderson were excited to learn they would be welcoming a baby girl. The other news that day wasn’t as joyous. Their unborn daughter had several problems with...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Rae O'Neill

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? My grandfather died of a heart attack when I was five years old. Several years later my mother started working for the American Heart Association. I’ve been volunteering for American Heart Association for as long as I can...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Spotlight: Larry Hulscher

    Larry Hulscher South Dakota Three nurses who work as a team at Avera Gregory Hospital never dreamed they would team up with first responders to save a life on the sidelines of a high school football field, nearly 250 miles away from home. Yet that’s exactly what happened on the rainy night...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Spotlight: Sheila Long

    Sheila Long North Dakota As a healthy, active and vibrant woman in her 40’s, Sheila Long never expected to experience a heart attack. Sheila did not have the common risk factors for heart attack – she was a non-smoker, she exercised on a regular basis and maintained a healthy diet and...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Spotlight: Leon and Elaine Graves

    Leon and Elaine Graves Nebraska Leon and Elaine Graves have both survived life-threatening heart and stroke events. Elaine shares their story to encourage others to pay attention to symptoms, and to not hesitate to call 9-1-1 when something doesn’t seem right. Several years prior to September...