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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: John Pribanic

    John Pribanic At 104 years old, John Pribanic is an inspiration and a model of one who has lived and fought to maintain an active and heart-healthy life. Several years ago, he was diagnosed with a heart murmur and high blood pressure and was supposed to undergo surgery to insert a pacemaker. However...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Tony Lindeman, Ohio

    Tony Lindeman Ohio The morning of September ‎29‎, ‎2012, ‎started like all my previous ‎16‎,‎911 ‎days as I woke up before my alarm, jumped out of bed and was soon ready to take on the challenges of the day‎. ‎My first challenge that day ‎was completing...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Mark Shacklette

    Mark Shacklette In February of 1967, my father, Dr. Charles L. Shacklette, died of a heart attack. He was only 45 years old and I was only 14 months old. In November of 2007, I also had a heart attack: a "widow-maker." And this still happened despite all the precautions I had taken. I was...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kathy Minx and Al Lessie

    Kathy Minx and Al Lessie My husband, Al, has very high cholesterol - around 450! It is from his mother's side of the family and no one on that side of the family lived past age 50. He had already had a major heart attack at age 31 and had open heart surgery at that time. He was actually one of...
  • Blog Post: Will Freeman, Kentucky

    Will Freeman Kentucky When his younger brother's friend nearly died at a birthday party, Will Freeman decided to take action--by teaching hands-only CPR to his peers at Henry Clay High School. In addition to recently training his entire class of over 500 students, the Lexington, Kentucky, senior...
  • Blog Post: Small Group Makes Big Impact at the Ohio Statehouse!

    On March 25th, a small, but mighty, group of fantastic You're the Cure advocates gathered at the statehouse to meet with legislators in support of CPR training for Ohio's high school students. More than 80% of sudden cardiac arrests occur at home so training our young adults in this lifesaving...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Graduate a New Generation of Lifesavers in WV!

    Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States and 88% of sudden cardiac arrests occur at home. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by 7-10 percent. That's why it's important that we all learn how easy---and critical...
  • Blog Post: Senate Leaders Block Kentucky's CPR Bill

    Despite Kentucky's CPR in Schools bill passing the House of Representatives unanimously and the overwhelming support and outreach to lawmakers from fantastic You're the Cure advocates like you, ultimately Senate leaders blocked the measure from being heard in the Senate. Each year, nearly 424...
  • Blog Post: Grace Firestone

    Grace Firestone Delaware On June 4th, 2011, I spoke at my high school graduation at Tower Hill in Wilmington, Delaware. I was in peak health, with hopes of playing collegiate soccer in the fall. Two days later, I went tubing on the Brandywine with my best friend, and trained at the local YMCA in the...
  • Blog Post: Ella Thomas Beames

    Ella Thomas Beames My name is Ella Thomas Beames. I’m 11 years old. I live with my mom and dad and my dog, Lucky, that we adopted a year ago. He’s awesome. I’m a UofL fan and I love Jennifer Lawrence – she’s my idol. Friday, September 2, 2011, started out like any...
  • Blog Post: Laura Gipe and Jacob Murray

    Laura Gipe and Jacob Murray When nurse Laura Gipe trained her grandson's Boy Scout troop in lifesaving CPR, she never imagined that, at just 15-years-old, he would use that skill to save her. Watch Laura and Jacob's touching story. Like Laura's, 88% of sudden cardiac arrests occur...
  • Blog Post: Advocates in Action: Mr. Embleton goes to Washington

    My experience in DC was one of the most uplifting and energizing experiences I have ever had. I hope to participate in future years. Attending the Rally for Medical Research was important to me because my family has been impacted by heart disease. None of the males in the last four generations of my...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Tonii Rizzo

    Tonii Rizzo Kentucky In April 2006, Tonii Rizzo was the picture of health. An avid runner who exercised every day, he never expected to have a "widow maker" heart attack that would forever change his life. According to Tonii (pictured here with Senator Julie Denton), the good news is that...
  • Blog Post: Garry Beltz, Ohio

    Garry Beltz Ohio At 72 years young, Garry Beltz is no stranger to speaking up for causes he believes in. When he lost his wife to cancer, his world was changed forever. He turned his grief to advocacy, initially with the American Cancer Society and then, after becoming a heart disease survivor himself...
  • Blog Post: Matthew and Sherry Pickett, Kentucky

    Matthew and Sherry Pickett Kentucky My Stroke Hero is my son, Matthew Pickett. Matthew was born on June 2, 1999, and within 24 hours, he coded. Also during that time, he had stroke. Unfortunately, the cardiologist had to wait days for the bleeding to stop in order to do his first open heart surgery...
  • Blog Post: Have a Story to Share? We'd Love to Hear It!

    Are you a heart disease or stroke survivor or have a loved one who is? Were you saved by CPR (or have you saved someone else)? Please take a moment now to Share Your Story with us! Like Melinda's story of survival , your story can make a difference. Whether it’s working to ensure our students...
  • Blog Post: Join the Patient Support Network Today!

    Improve your life and the lives of others when you join the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Support Network , a virtual support community. Share your experiences. Give and get emotional support. Our communities and conversations offer survivors, caregivers and family members a...
  • Blog Post: Roy Varghese, M.D., Kentucky

    Roy Varghese, M.D. Kentucky After more than thirty years of caring for patients in his Eastern Kentucky community, Dr. Roy Varghese unexpectedly became a patient himself. Dr. Varghese had been suffering indigestion-like symptoms throughout a long day of caring for patients, when he made the decision...
  • Blog Post: Michael Flynn, Pennsylvania

    Michael Flynn Pennsylvania On March 23, 2015, Michael Flynn was working in the city of Philadelphia when he went into full cardiac arrest at the VA Administration Building. A co-worker secured the site and they found a nurse in the building that started CPR. An AED was used on Michael two times. Medics...
  • Blog Post: 2016 Is the Year We Make KY No. 28: Join Us Feb 9th for KY Advocacy Day!

    Now is the perfect time to register and make plans to join us for Kentucky Advocacy Day: You're the Cure at the Capito l . Join others from across the state as we meet with lawmakers in support of heart-health policies, like ensuring all Kentucky students are trained in lifesaving hands-only CPR...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure at the Ohio Statehouse - March 9, 2016

    You're the Cure at the Ohio Statehouse March 9, 2016 Make plans to join us at the Ohio Statehouse as we meet with legislators in support of policies to improve the heart health of all Ohioans. We will be urging legislators to vote yes on House Bill 113 - CPR in Schools, which will train...
  • Blog Post: Christi Nelson, Ohio

    Christi Nelson Ohio I was 29 years old and completely healthy. October 18, 2006, was just like any other day at Akron Children’s Hospital where I was completing my internship to be a Child Life Specialist. I went out to a bridge that connects the hospital to a parking garage to make a phone...
  • 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: Shannon and Tristan Rowley, Ohio

    Shannon and Tristan Rowley On February 25, 2015, I started out having what I thought would be a normal day at work. Instead I ended up at the Emergency Room to find that my son, Tristan, had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. He had received CPR, a shock with a defibrillator, was intubated, and was...
  • Blog Post: Research Saved Grace's Life

    Our team of nine climbers, all volunteers for a Kenyan orphanage, had begun the journey in a downpour, and the wet equipment, high elevation and ubiquitous beef stew had begun to take its toll on my body. Blurred vision accompanied exhausted muscles that pleaded for rest. But one foot in front of the...