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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Karen Dennis

    What is your why? My WHY started off more as a "work thing." I am a RN and I worked in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Cardiology. Working with the AHA was just something that someone from my department did. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, I just didn’t have much intrinsic...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight - Sara Hoffman

    Hi my name is Sara and I am 37 years old. This year should have been one of the happiest times of my life. On April 18, 2015, I was married on a beach in Mexico. Like any bride, I spent months planning the wedding and could not wait to celebrate with our friends and family. The shocking part of this...
  • 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-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: Amy Edmunds

    Amy Edmunds, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Opening doors has been the most rewarding aspect of my volunteer experience. Since experiencing ischemic stroke in 2002, I have been an actively engaged volunteer throughout the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Undoubtedly, the first door to open was my own! It has been...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Chris Fowler

    Chris Fowler Michigan There are always days that stick out in a person’s mind. To some, it may a bad day at work, or your boss gets after you, the battery in your car dies, it could be anything from A to Z. My day that sticks out is October 9, 2012. On this day my whole life changed. I was at...
  • Blog Post: Grace Firestone

    Grace Firestone Delaware Grace Firestone was given an incredible gift--a second chance at life. Just days after her high school graduation, her brother saved her life by performing CPR until EMTs arrived and what she’s done since is extraordinary. Grace understood that her story had the ability...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky - Good food sells!

    Telling legislators that french fries are the most common vegetable served to toddlers, AHA volunteer Jane Kolodinsky urged Senate Health and Welfare Committee members at a recent hearing to implement nutrition standards for restaurant kids meals. Jane, the chair of UVM’s Department of Community...
  • Blog Post: Bob Elling, New York

    Bob Elling is a career paramedic, but has many other “jobs,” including educator, author, and four decades of service as a very passionate American Heart Association volunteer. Bob has served in a number of capacities: Founder’s Affiliate board member, Albany Regional Board of Directors...
  • Blog Post: LaTonya Richardson, Florida

    Guest Blogger: LaTonya "Toni" Richardson In 2010, two weeks after attending a Go Red For Women event and learning about F.A.S.T., I experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA). As I recovered, I decided that I wanted, and needed, to do something in regards to educating my people, community...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: Update on Christian Lybbert

    Aimee Lybbert, Mother of CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) Survivor, Christian, updates us on his life now and what she sees every day as a “Heart Mom” You can catch up on Christian’s story from nearly two years ago here . Christian will be three at the end of next month. He's...
  • 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: Meet Dr. Jennifer Redmond Knight

    "Since I was a young girl, I have been concerned with the dangers of secondhand smoke. As a life-long asthma sufferer, I personally knew how harmful secondhand smoke was to my health and when I discovered the dangers for all people, I became a passionate advocate. In 2002, while working on my Master...
  • Blog Post: Meet Dr. Abinash Achrekar

    Dr. Abinash Achrekar has been a volunteer for the American Heart Association for quite some time. He got involved because of his dedication to helping raise awareness around the prevention and treatment of heart disease. For the past three years he has served on the Albuquerque Executive board, and he...
  • Blog Post: Claire Hick, Southaven

    Our 2015-16 Mississippi Advocacy Committee is composed of 12 individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some of our members. Today, we'd like you to meet Claire...
  • Blog Post: Sheron Lee, Hammond

    Guest Blogger: Sheron Lee I am a second generation American Heart Association volunteer; you could say it’s in my genes. In the early 1980s, my dad had open heart surgery in Houston, Texas with Dr. DeBakey from Lake Charles looking on. My parents began a Mended Hearts Chapter in Lake Charles...
  • Blog Post: Beverly Moore-Harton, Jasper

    Guest Blogger: Beverly Moore-Harton I’ve advocated and coordinated events and galas for eight years. Excited about promoting heart health for women can’t begin to express my feelings. Hard work, yes, but it generates such joy and compassion for educating women of this dreadful disease...
  • 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-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-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: Advocate Spotlight: Anne and Cade Lindsey, Kentucky

    A Story from the Heart by Anne Lindsey, mother and CHD Advocate The heart. It is our life force. The rhythmic pulse with which our bodies are oxygenated and cleansed. Our hearts are responsible for pumping about five quarts of blood each minute which is equal to about 2, 000 gallons of blood each...