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  • 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: 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: LeeAnne Ferguson - Partners with Heart

    LeeAnne Ferguson is the Safe Routes to School Director at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the For Every Kid Campaign Manager. She is an important and dedicated partner of the AHA’s on the issue of Safe Routes to School. We wanted to share her story with you and a little bit more about the...
  • Blog Post: Jan Collins, Madison

    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 Jan...
  • 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: 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: 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: Dr. Rakhee Urankar, Nashville

    Our 2015-16 Tennessee Advocacy Committee is composed of individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Today, we'd like you to meet Dr. Rakhee Urankar of Nashville. How long have you been a volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Predist "Ron" Walker, Florida

    Guest Blogger: Predist "Ron" Walker I finished my running career, went into the Army for two years, and then joined my local Police Department in Newport News, Virginia where I became a member of the SWAT Team and a Field Training Officer. One morning as I was running, I began coughing non...
  • Blog Post: Tessa Daniels Urges Lawmakers to Require a Test that Saved Her Son

    Springfield mom Tessa Daniels, with 2 ½ year old son Sawyer and family in tow, urged House Health Care Committee members recently to pass legislation that would require all birthing facilities in Vermont to require a test that helped save her son’s life right after he was born. Tessa...
  • 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: Leigh Pechillo, Connecticut

    Leigh Pechillo brings an extraordinary level of commitment and passion to her work as a volunteer for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Leigh suffered a massive heart attack on Mother’s Day in 2014 and was saved by her husband, Tom, who performed necessary lifesaving CPR...
  • Blog Post: Danny Mackenzie, Rhode Island

    I am a 40 year old, healthy active adult as well as a cardiac arrest and heart attack survivor. It was a Saturday and I remember waking up in a hospital bed feeling tired and groggy. My heart attack happened on a Saturday but I did not wake up until a week later. My mind and body had been put through...
  • 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: Jennifer & Joel Griffin

    Jennifer & Joel Griffin, Virginia On June 8, 2012, Gwyneth Griffin, a 7th grader at A. G. Wright Middle School, collapsed in cardiac arrest. Several critical minutes passed before her father, Joel, reached her. CPR had not been initiated. “ There was no one else taking care of my daughter...
  • 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: Henry Philofsky, Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation - Partners with Heart

    Henry Philofsky is the Western Regional Director at the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. Henry and the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation are important and dedicated partners of the AHA’s on our Tobacco 21 for Oregon campaign. We wanted to share his story with you and a little bit...
  • Blog Post: Jocelyn Gomez

    August 7 th , 2015 was the start of the most life-changing event of our lives. My father, mother, and I were sitting in the emergency room that night waiting to be called on. As the minutes went by a tragedy was about to occur without even knowing. My father was at the emergency room for the pain he...
  • 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-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-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: Tina Lakey, Madison

    This month our Advocate Spotlight story features Tina Lakey of Madison. Tina currently serves as the chairwoman for the Circle of Red Committee in the Metro Jackson area. Circle of Red is a society of women who have the passion, the motivation and inspiration to drive and influence change in the community...
  • Blog Post: Kimberly Goodloe, Atlanta

    Our 2015-16 Georgia 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 long time...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - TJ Haynes

    For TJ Haynes it was a matter of time. TJ recently threw out the first pitch at a Mustangs game in Dehler Park to promote the AHA’s Raise the Roof in Red campaign after suffering a heart attack just a few months before. On May 25, 2015 TJ had gone to the local shooting range in preparation for...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Annette Santilli, West Virginia

    Annette Santilli West Virginia Annette Santilli is certainly a Hero in our eyes. In just two short years as a You’re the Cure advocate, she has taken more than one hundred online and offline actions to far surpass even the highest You’re the Cure rank of "Hero." She is a passionate...