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  • 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: 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: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: Advocate Spotlight: Meet Dee Garrison

    Name: Dee Garrison Hometown: Bairoil, Wyoming Dee traveled to Cheyenne in February to attend the American Heart Association Advocating for Heart Day and to share her story with Wyoming lawmakers about making the fight against heart disease - the #1 killer of women - a priority in Wyoming. If you...
  • Blog Post: Nhu Yeargin

    Nhu Yeargin, Virginia For a gal who likes to spent her time alone hunkered down with a good book, Nhu Yeargin spends an awful lot of it helping others. Because of her own family’s connection to heart disease, she was drawn to the American Heart Association (AHA), among other volunteer endeavors...
  • Blog Post: Gail Mates

    Gail Mates, Virginia My first recollection of my mother was with a cigarette in her hand. She smoked over 3 packs a day. Imagine being in a car with the windows up and experiencing that smoke, one cigarette lit right behind another. Not surprisingly I had chronic respiratory problems and allergies...
  • 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: Knowing CPR Saved My Son

    A lifesaving event retold by Kristy Stoner In June 2014, my friend Erin and I planned a pool day together as we decided we would spend the afternoon together at her private community pool, where we could eat lunch and chat while the kids could swim. We both have 4 kids all under the age of 8. The...
  • Blog Post: Neil Dorsey

    NEIL DORSEY, MID-ATLANTIC AFFILIATE Why am I an advocate? What got me started down this path? I have always felt the need to speak up about issues that impact on our lives. I once heard at a meeting that we advocate for those folks who cannot speak or do not have a voice in decisions being made about...
  • Blog Post: Dina Plapler, Connecticut

    Dina Plapler has been an advocate and supporter of the fight against heart disease and stroke for much of her professional career. Serving as the AHA’s Executive Director of the CT and Western MA markets for the past two years, and now taking on a new role of a Senior Advisor, Mission Advancement...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Shelley Wyant

    Shelley Wyant - Michigan May 8, 2013 started out like any other day. I got up, felt fine, went to work and spent my lunch hour at the mall shopping with a friend. I had a 1 p.m. meeting with a colleague and that's where it happened; I experienced sudden cardiac arrest. I don't remember it...
  • Blog Post: Catherine Zalewski, New Jersey

    Catherine Zalewski is a mother of 2, a certified personal trainer, a former Mrs. New Jersey and a stroke survivor. She suffered her first stroke at the age of 28, about 6 months after giving birth to her daughter. It was discovered that she had a hole in heart which was repaired through surgery. She...
  • 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: 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: Callie Ponder, Rhode Island

    Callie Ponder began working with the American Heart Association at the end of May 2016. Her role with the organization is an Associate Regional Campaign Manager for the Pawtucket/Central Falls ANCHOR (Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes through Reinforcing Partnerships) grant, funded by the...
  • Blog Post: Helping Us Fight the Silent Killer

    High blood pressure is called The Silent Killer for a reason. It has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it's damaging your arteries, heart and other organs. When left untreated, possible health consequences can include heart disease, heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure. But...
  • 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: Trenton Fryman, Kentucky

    Trenton Fryman Kentucky For more than a year, North Oldham High School Class of 2016 senior, Trenton Fryman, has been an outspoken advocate for training students in CPR. Thanks in part to his dedication, this past March, Kentucky became the 29th state to pass legislation that will ensure all students...
  • Blog Post: Hailey Auster, New York

    Hi, my name is Hailey Auster and in September I will be in 6 th grade at Van Antwerp Middle School in Niskayuna, NY. I believe the quest for health in New York State is very important and on July 5th, I testified before the Schenectady County Legislature to support increasing the tobacco purchase...
  • 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: Advocate Highlight - Eric Rothenberg

    We are so excited to share with you the news that Washington advocate/volunteer Eric Rothenberg was the recipient of this year’s American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Volunteer Advocacy Award. The award was presented at the AHA’s annual volunteer awards dinner in Los Angeles...
  • 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: 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: Gail Harris-Berry

    No one in Prince George’s County is more passionate about heart health than Gail Harris-Berry. Since becoming a You’re the Cure advocate in 2012, Gail has worked hard to keep her friends, family, and community informed on how to live a heart healthy life. Gail has been an active Prince...