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  • Blog Post: Advocates Turn the Hill Red!

    Over 380 advocates met in Washington, DC for You're the Cure on the Hill to step up for heart health. Our group of dedicated advocates met with 293 legislative offices throughout the day to advocate for increased research funding and healthy school meals. Advocates mingled with YTC networkers from...
  • Blog Post: Alyson Whitaker, Georgia

    Over the past five years, we have gained new sponsors and some have been with us the whole time, helping Alyson to reach her goal each year by participating in Jump Rope For Heart. As you may know Alyson does Jump Rope For Heart not only because she herself is a heart patient, but to honor her little...
  • Blog Post: Michele Coleman

    Michele Coleman, District of Columbia “This is not supposed to happen,” uttered Michele Coleman, remembering vividly the moment that cardiologists told her that her newborn baby was being rushed into open-heart surgery at seven days old. Little Dylan is Michele’s youngest of two...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Andrew Christensen

    Andrew Christensen Michigan I was born on May 3,1990 with a rare heart condition called Truncus Arteriosus with ventricular bi septal defect, a condition that effects only 1% of children born with congenital heart conditions. It means that one large blood vessel leads out of my heart instead of two...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Amber Rost

    Amber Rost South Dakota As an active, busy mom of two school-age girls, I try very hard to ensure my family is getting the good nutrition they need each and every day. It can be a challenge not only to put nutritious meals on the table every day, but also to combat the marketing of junk food that...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Corrie Kielty

    Corrie Kielty Nebraska Being a mom and now a grandmother, involves much more than day to day mom duties. It means doing everything I can to make Nebraska, my lifelong home, a better place for children. Hopefully I’ve modeled Mahatma Gandhi’s profound advice to “be the change you...
  • Blog Post: Steve Goulet, Rhode Island

    We recently had the pleasure of meeting an amazing new advocate! Steve Goulet is a cardiac arrest survivor - and now he's on a personal mission to save lives with CPR. Check out his incredible story in The Providence Journal: Photo credit: The Providence Journal http://www.providencejournal...
  • Blog Post: Sarah Porter

    When I had a stroke four years ago, I was a healthy, happy student at the University of Maine. One minute I'm sitting in class, and the next my face started seizing up. And then I couldn't understand what people were saying. Concerned family members took me to the ER, where I was accused of faking...
  • Blog Post: Heart Saver Spotlight: Skylar Berry

    Every year there are almost 424,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the United States, and of this figure an estimated 10,200 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen to children. Sadly, only 10% of victims who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive, largely in part because many...
  • Blog Post: Lori Valencia Greene

    Lori Valencia Greene, Maryland Lori Valencia Greene is a woman of many hats: mother, daughter, friend, student, and an advocate for change in her community. She was surprised at the young age of 47 to also find herself a stroke survivor! Lori has always had a desire to make a difference. Because...
  • Blog Post: Carlin Breinig, Georgia

    Carlin Breinig, GA The American Heart Association continues to advocate for the strong school nutrition standards that are part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. In December 2010, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Spotlight: Jackson Walters

    Jackson Walters North Dakota Advocates from across the nation traveled to Washington DC to talk to their lawmakers about the importance of school nutrition in the fight against childhood obesity. The North Dakota delegation had the opportunity to visit with Senator Hoeven, Senator Heitkamp and Congressman...
  • Blog Post: Julien Comardelle - A Simple, Lifesaving Endeavor

    My name is Julien Comardelle and I’m a student at West Linn High School. As a volunteer alongside Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, I have had the opportunity to go to my former middle school, Athey Creek, and teach the seventh grade class the simple but extremely important basics of CPR. ...
  • Blog Post: Meet Illinois Advocacy Staff: Julie Mirostaw

    What brought you to be an advocate/staff for the American Heart Association? I have worked in the advocacy, okay lobbying, arena for almost ten years. I want to put the skills I have acquired and my experiences to use for an organization whose mission is to save lives and make the world a healthier...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Representative Nick Zerwas

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? My involvement with the AHA goes all the way back to when I was first born. I was born with a heart defect, and my parents taught me at a young age how important it was to be a volunteer/advocate with the AHA. After surviving 10...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight - Libby Char

    Libby Char, Hawaii Despite her extremely busy work schedule as an emergency physician, as the Medical Director for the Honolulu Fire Department and for American Medical Response in Hawaii, and serving on the American Heart Association Hawaii Division Board, Libby Char, M.D. still finds time to support...
  • Blog Post: Nancy Birnbaum

    I recently met You're the Cure advocate Nancy Birnbaum, a registered nurse who resides in College Station, Texas at the Advocating for Heart event at the Capitol. I loved the passion and enthusiasm she showed for the AHA mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story!

    Share Your Story Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives...
  • Blog Post: Greta McKinnon-Hall, Florida

    Working at St. Johns County Fire Rescue definitely was not in my life's plan. I wanted to become a high school history teacher. But, things work out for a reason and to say I found my calling would be an understatement. In 2012, I developed a "Hands Only CPR" program and thought that...
  • Blog Post: Dana Powell

    Dana Powell, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate On January 1, 2012, our family began the year with the birth of our second son, Asa Heard Karchmer. Like all babies, Asa delivered love and wonder into our lives. But those dreams were abruptly shattered on day two of Asa’s life. We came home from Watauga...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jamie Schneider

    Jamie Schneider Nebraska Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking the lives of one in three each year. Sometimes, that statistic does not seem alarming because it is easy to trick yourself into thinking that the one person will not be you. Heart disease is for other people. But as the youngest...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Margo Knefelkamp

    Margo Knefelkamp, Indiana While working full-time and earning her MBA, Margo adopted healthier habits that helped her lose 100 pounds. She joined a CrossFit gym and exercises multiple times per week. She cut sugar-sweetened beverages and began eating healthier foods. The results have been an inspiration...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky Takes on Role of AHA Vermont Advocacy Committee Chair

    A long-time advocate for a sugary drink excise tax in Vermont will now chair the American Heart Association’s Vermont Advocacy Committee and help promote nutrition standards and the removal of sugary drinks in restaurants kids’ meals. Professor Jane Kolodinsky is also the chair of the...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: David Bordewyk

    David Bordewyk South Dakota As general manager and chief lobbyist for South Dakota Newspaper Association, I spend a portion of every winter at the state capitol in Pierre, advocating for newspapers, the First Amendment and open government issues before legislators and others. Lobbying during the...