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  • Blog Post: Spencer's Story - looks can be deceiving

    Written by Amy Norton, Spencer's mom You NEVER think “it will happen to you” but… “it” happened to my family, my son. At only ten weeks old my son was fighting for his life. This is his story… Spencer was born at home, on 11/08/13, with a team of experienced...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Mary Michaels

    Mary Michaels South Dakota My Dad is Why. It was the month of May; I finished my second year of college and moved back home for the summer. I was a kid that actually loved hanging out with my parents. As the youngest of 6, I was raised going everywhere with them – concerts, plays, community...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Julie Smith

    Julie Smith Nebraska Heart disease has always been of importance to me even before I became a nurse. My parents both had cardiovascular disease identified when they were in their 50s. It affected their lives then and as they aged. Being from a rural area, when my father had his first heart attack...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Ruth Caruthers

    Ruth Caruthers West Virginia It all started with a blog. My son Corbin was in the hospital for heart surgery; he was only 9 days old for his first procedure. I had hours and hours to surf the internet, scouring sites for more information on his heart defects, and finding more and more parents just...
  • Blog Post: Diana Cook, North Carolina

    Diana Cook, North Carolina As a veteran volunteer with the American Heart Association, Diana Cook has been involved in a myriad of ways with the organization over the years. As a Charlotte Heart Walk team leader, she led her work team several years in a row – and every year provided countless...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Sharon Buhr, Susan Milender, and Andrea Winter

    Valley City, North Dakota School Wellness is all about partnerships in Valley City. In 2012 when schools were asked to revise and strengthen their school wellness policies, the local nutrition and exercise partnership, Barnes ON THE MOVE Partnership (OTM-17 members strong), stepped forth and volunteered...
  • Blog Post: Rhonda Hall, Massachusetts

    Eight years ago, Rhonda Hall was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and soon after that, she was diagnosed with diabetes. In just one day, she became a four shot-a-day diabetic and had high cholesterol and hypertension as well. Rhonda explained that it was an extremely tough time, but despite the challenges...
  • Blog Post: Emilie Singh

    Emilie Singh, Virginia-District of Columbia "When Chloe Saved Gracie’s Life" It was a busy Sunday in 2013 and no one realized my 8 year old daughter Gracie wasn’t feeling well. She woke up late and asked to take a bath but we told her we wanted to go to Costco first. We went...
  • Blog Post: Sara Bonneau, Rhode Island

    We recently had the pleasure of meeting Sara Bonneau, an amazing mom who is working with her legislators to make sure that all Rhode Island high schools and middle schools have functioning AEDs – and that an AED is present on athletic fields during school sporting events. On February 25, Sara testified...
  • Blog Post: Juddson Rupp

    Juddson Rupp, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I didn’t remember anything from my week in the hospital, but when a friend brought in a copy of the six o’clock news from October 27, 2000 I quickly realized that either that was a slow news day or that I was one lucky miracle survivor with an important...
  • Blog Post: Charlie and Beth Melita-Fair Haven, NJ

    Charlie and Beth Melita tragically lost their 21 year old son Robert to a sudden cardiac death in December 2012. They wanted to find a way to honor Robert's memory and give back to the community who provided support to their family.  Together with his close family friend Paul Lenskold, Charlie formed...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Alli Sidel

    Alli Sidel Michigan Hi! My name is Alli. I was born on May 12th, 2012 in seemingly perfect health. My parents and big sister Emma were so excited to meet me. On July 20th, 2012 my family took me to our family doctor for my regular 2-month well baby visit, and while there – my doctor heard...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jeannie Roberson

    Jeannie Roberson Kansas Sometimes Jeannie Roberson has to pinch herself to remember this is her new life. A healthy, happy, active, non-smoking life. It’s a complete turn-around from her lowest point six years ago struggling to breathe in the shower. "That morning I didn’t know...
  • Blog Post: Quantina Connely, GA

    Quantina Connely Shawnee, GA “Grandma, grandma, wake up”. That fateful morning I was a nine-year old rushing to be ready for my rural school bus, when in an instant my life changed. In her seventies, grandma Bessie sat down to rest and catch her breath, and never got up again. Her heart...
  • Blog Post: Amber Johnson

    Written By: Sara Stout, Business Development Director Heart disease hits close to home for Missoula’s Johnson family. Amber, a mother of three beautiful and creative children survived 32 years and two normal pregnancies only to find out while eight months pregnant, she had been born with not...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Stephanie Belesky

    Stephanie Belesky, Indiana At her heaviest, Stephanie weighed 386 pounds. Although there were several red flags in her life, the impetus to change came when she witnessed her grandmother's difficult recovery from hip surgery. Stephanie set a big goal - running a marathon - but also set many smaller...
  • Blog Post: VOTE for ISU's Coach Hoiberg

    Coach Fred Hoiberg Iowa It’s March Madness and the American Heart Association has made it into the Final Four in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. You see, Iowa State University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg is competing to win $100,000 for the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Abby Snodgrass

    Abby Snodgrass Missouri Abby Snodgrass, a suburban St. Louis high school student, is being credited with saving a baby's life. H illsboro High School student Abby Snodgrass knew what to do when an 11month old child stopped breathing at a Walmart store in High Ridge. Snodgrass was in a dressing...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Spotlight: Thurman Paul

    Thurman Paul is like many You’re the Cure Advocates connected to stroke. His father’s uncle suffered a stroke two years ago. His interest in the Advocacy work of the American Heart Association began with a simple call to action to sign a petition in support of obesity prevention on the community...
  • Blog Post: Tania Boughton

    Tania Noelle Boughton is Chair of the AHA State Leadership Council for Obesity Prevention, the author of cookbook Eating Light, Done Right , and the founder of “Check the Light Before You Bite!” a healthy eating program in school districts, geared toward helping children make healthier food...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Representative Fred Deutsch

    It was the spring of 2007. I had just turned 50. Shortness of breath sent me to my doctor. After a battery of tests he told me I was 50 pounds overweight, had hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and the muscles on the left side of my heart had started to abnormally thicken (ventricular hypertrophy). The good...
  • Blog Post: Kate Kearns, Maine

    The last time I spoke to my Dad, he had decided he wanted my baby, due that winter, to call him "Granddaddy." You see, my sister and I never stopped calling him "Daddy" even into our adulthood, and he wanted to keep it that way. He never got to meet my daughter. I remember him...
  • Blog Post: Teen Zombies, Rhode Island

    More than 200 teens from across Rhode Island marched on the State House as part of the 2015 Zombie Walk for Kick Butts Day on March 18th. They carried the message that tobacco and nicotine use is not for them - and Big Tobacco can't sway their choice to choose health! A smaller group of teens met...
  • Blog Post: Bill Duncan of Manalapan, NJ

    Bill Duncan is a longtime volunteer with various hunger organizations in New Jersey. He regularly volunteers at a local soup kitchen and is a volunteer and board member with a food pantry in his hometown of Manalapan. After undergoing triple bypass surgery last year, Bill wanted to expand his volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Barb Frankowski tells lawmakers that a sugary drink tax could make the healthy choice the easy choice!

    Warning that sippy cups were one of the worst inventions ever created, Vermont pediatrician Dr. Barb Frankowski recently urged House Ways and Means Committee members to take action to tax sugary drinks to fight obesity and improve dental health. A portion of her testimony is excerpted below: What...