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  • Blog Post: Erin E. Herring, CT

    November 18, 1998 was the day Erin E. Herring started on her journey into the world of physicians, hospitals and fear; that was the day her son Gavin was born. He was diagnosed with aortic stenosis and would have to have surgery before is two week birthday. And so it began… After a year and...
  • Blog Post: Katie Towle - Supporting Families and Pushing for Critical Heart Tests for Kids

    Katie Towle knows there are two things that can help a child when they are born with a heart defect – a life-saving test that can help detect it, and the support of other families with children who also have heart defects. Katie helped promote the need for mandatory pulse oximetry testing for...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Cindy Peterman

    After 35 years of smoking, bouts with bronchitis and increasing prices, Cindy Peterman decided it was time to quit and she credits the recent price increase for tobacco products in Nevada with helping her. “Last year on July 4 th weekend when I went to buy cigarettes I realized with the increase...
  • Blog Post: Meet our Volunteer of the Month: Silvia Gutierrez-Reghunath

    Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change. We are pleased to spotlight Silvia Gutierrez-Raghunath as this month's volunteer extraordinaire...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight: Meet Roary!

    Meet ROARY, the lifesaving lion and KING of the Zoo Crew! Did you know that a lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away? This year, Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart students will be challenged by ROARY to make a difference and share their ROAR for heart health loud and clear! Students...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kristin Brancheau

    Kristin Brancheau Michigan On December 9, 2007, the last thing I remembered before waking briefly in an ambulance on my way to the hospital, was leaving my three year old daughter's dance recital. It wasn't until I woke up the next day that I was told that my heart had stopped beating due...
  • Blog Post: Mary Kay Ballasiotes

    Mary Kay Ballasiotes, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Mary Kay Ballasiotes has been advocating for children for over 15 years. Her daughter, Michelle had a stroke before she was born and that moment changed both of their lives forever. Mary Kay’s advocacy days started in 2002 in Chicago where she founded...
  • Blog Post: Michael Angelucci, West Virginia

    Michael Angelucci West Virginia Michael Angelucci has been a dedicated advocacy champion for heart-health policy in West Virginia for many years. As a You're the Cure advocate, AHA Advocacy Committee Chair and Marion County EMT, he helped spearhead our efforts to pass CPR in Schools legislation...
  • Blog Post: Rob Sayre-McCord, Central Falls

    The AHA was recently on the Rhode Show with partner Rob Sayre-McCord, Director of Parks & Recreation and Community Service for the City of Central Falls, to discuss healthy back to school tips. Many thanks to Rob for his leadership and commitment to Central Falls' children and families! Healthy...
  • Blog Post: Joe Boucher, Maine

    The reasons I volunteer are quite varied, but long before I knew what the American Heart Association was, I knew that I supported their mission to end heart disease. Heart disease has been part of life since elementary school when my father had his first heart attack, while driving with my younger...
  • Blog Post: Supporting the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act!

    Thanks to board member Jennifer Nachbur and Advocacy Committee member Lana Khuong for promoting strong nutrition standards in schools. Both volunteers met with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s staff during the August recess to encourage the senator’s continued support of the Healthy, Hunger Free...
  • Blog Post: Video: Not everyone in Austin has access to healthy food.

    Nearly 3.4 million people across Texas have little or no access to healthy food like fruits and vegetables. These same neighborhoods often struggle with high rates of unemployment and diet-related chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Even in cities like Austin, Texas – ranked #2...
  • Blog Post: Lori Temple, Connecticut

    Lori’s path to becoming an American Heart Association volunteer isn’t your typical story. Her desire to join stems from a deeper desire within her, to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Lori has a long history of volunteerism. When approached about joining the AHA Connecticut...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: MacKenna Casebolt

    MacKenna Casebolt Indiana Mackenna was born in October of 2008. Within a few hours of her birth, she went into distress and after testing, it was determined that she had some major heart problems and was immediately transported to Riley Hospital for Children. After several more tests, we found that...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Cassandra Welch

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I wanted to get involved with American Heart Association, because I have hypertension and members of my family have heart disease. What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why? Hypertension, Stroke and...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight - Turner Prewitt

    Turner Prewitt was given the “gift of life” when he received his new heart in August of 2008. His firsthand experience with heart disease has led Turner to become a dedicated volunteer with the American Heart Association. Turner originally became involved by participating in our annual...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Kate Larson

    Katelyn Larson Iowa Katelyn Larson was born a beautiful and health baby but suddenly at 3 months old, she became very sick. That night she would not eat, started choking, her lips turned blue and she became lethargic. Her parents raced her to the closest ER in Ida Grove, where an X-Ray showed an enlargement...
  • Blog Post: New Yorkers Attend White House Briefing

    On Friday, September 9th, several New York advocates participated in an event sponsored by the White House, titled "Making Health Care Better Series: Cardiovascular Health." The day-long forum offered an opportunity for volunteers to directly witness the impact of the American Heart Association's...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Mark Ridder

    Mark Ridder Kansas Mark Ridder was only a 14 when he took a routine physical before entering high school and learned he had a pronounced heart murmur. He had always struggled as a child to keep up while running and playing with his brother and cousins, and that exam nearly 50 years ago explained...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Oakes Ortyl and Oliver Hinkle

    Oakes Ortyl and Oliver Hinkle Missouri A shared loss cemented a friendship and began a business partnership for Mark Hinkle and Greg Ortyl, the owners of St. Louis-area Olive + Oak. The restaurant pays tribute to their late sons, Oliver and Oakes, and raises awareness and funds for congenital heart...
  • Blog Post: Candida Akins - Madison, Florida

    Guest Blogger: Candida Akins I gave birth at 32 weeks to two beautiful babies on July 3, 2005. Shortly after giving birth, I became very ill. I stayed in the hospital for seven days with a high fever and high blood pressure, drenched with sweat. The doctors tested me for everything because they did...
  • Blog Post: Meet New Louisiana Advocacy Committee Chair, Tamara Sabine

    Our 2016-17 Louisiana Advocacy Committee recently named Tamara Sabine, of Baton Rouge, to lead the committee this year. Tamara served on the state advocacy committee last year, and has been an active volunteer for the American Heart Association (AHA) for 10+ years. She looks forward to stepping in this...
  • Blog Post: More Adventures is Why!

    Meet Jenni Isenhower, Minnesota's Heart Walk Coordinator! ________________________________________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I was first drawn to the American Heart Association because...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Embark on a Road Trip with Heart!

    Texas advocates embarked on an epic road trip in August of 2016, traveling across our big state in search of Congressional supporters and cosponsors, and thanking others for their decision to support our federal level advocacy priorities in the 114 th Congress. During the trip we kicked off our boots...