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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Jessica James, Mobile

    Our 2015-16 Alabama Advocacy Committee is composed of 10 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 Jessica...
  • Blog Post: Carmen Thompson, Kentucky

    Carmen Thompson Kentucky Frankfort, Kentucky resident, Carmen Thompson, is 66 years young. So when she suffered a stroke December of last year, she didn’t believe it was happening to her. “I woke up and was numb on my left side,” Carmen, who teaches 6 th grade at Franklin County...
  • Blog Post: Little Tikes with a Big Message

    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get the message across. Sawyer Daniels and Jack Towle stole the show at our April legislative reception. Sawyer is here today because his heart defect was able to be detected early thanks to a pulse oximetry test given shortly after birth – a defect that...
  • Blog Post: Yuki Courtland - PE Advocate in NYC!

    Yuki Courtland is an advocate. She sees something wrong in her world and pushes to make the necessary change to help. As the chair of our Advocacy Committee in New York City, she has been leading the way to help make sure every student, regardless of where they go to school, learn how to embrace physical...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: James Young

    James Young, Michigan Winter season 2011, will forever be a reminiscence of what eventually became a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure. There I was, after a snow storm, shoveling a path down the sidewalk when I began to cough up, what I thought to be phlegm. However, after taking further notice...
  • Blog Post: Yolanda Dickerson

    Yolanda Dickerson, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I am the product of my village. When I received the AHA Survivor Advocate of the Year award in DC three years ago, I knew it was really not about me. The award is a culmination of those who invested in me and what I’ve learned up to this point. For more...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Wilda Evans

    Wilda Evans Indiana Wilda Evans realized the importance of heart health as a young girl as she watched her father suffer a series of heart attacks five years apart. “When my father was in his 70s, the doctors told him he had the body of a 50-year old. He was fit and healthy, except for his heart”...
  • Blog Post: Alison & Vera Kathryn Biggers, Jackson

    On February 16, 2016, we welcomed our daughter, Vera Kathryn, at 11:15 a.m. weighing 5 pounds 12 ounces. Vera Kate had a great first day of life and we were wrapped in joy with our first born. The morning of Thursday, February 18, the nursery brought Vera Kate in to eat around 2:30 a.m. but told us that...
  • Blog Post: Representative Prasad Srinivasan, Connecticut

    Dr. Prasad Srinivasan, an allergist, is a long time resident of the town of Glastonbury, and is currently serving his third term as the town’s state representative. He is a member of the General Assembly’s Public Health; Finance Revenue & Bonding; and Planning & Development committees...
  • Blog Post: Kimby Jagnandan, Florida

    Guest Blogger: Kimby Jagnandan On June 17, 2014, while recovering from emergency gall bladder surgery in the hospital, I awoke from the anesthesia to the most excruciating pain that I had ever felt in both of my upper arms. They felt like they were encircled in fire. I immediately began yelling for...
  • Blog Post: Timothy Jacobs, Murfreesboro

    Guest Blogger: Timothy Jacobs As a 2016 American Heart Association legislative intern, my main goals were to learn as much as I could through a first-hand experience with the legislative process and to gain a better idea of what I want to do after I graduate from Middle Tennessee State University...
  • Blog Post: Capital Region NY Stroke Ambassador Kicks of American Stroke Month!

    On May 5th, 2016 Stroke Ambassador Paula Symanski was joined by her New York Assemblymember Carrie Woerner as she rode her bicycle through the streets of Albany, NY - arriving in front of the State Capitol to cheers of her friends and supporters! May and June marks the height of the state legislative...
  • Blog Post: My Life is Why!

    Meet AHA volunteer, Angie Chafos! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? In 2010, I survived a heart attack. My left anterior descending artery was 100 percent blocked. When I...
  • Blog Post: #ProtectPE for our kids' hearts... and brains!

    Kickball, crab soccer, dodgeball, jump rope – for most adults, all these activities bring back memories of fun times spent in PE. It was a great way to burn off steam and learn something about a new sport, all while absorbing the importance of staying physically fit. PE definitely contributes to...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Rosemary Jaffe

    What is your why? Being a survivor also means learning how to survive by being your own advocate and advocating for healthcare to help others. What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? After my bypass surgery, I couldn't get past the feeling that I survived for...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Brad and Kristi Wellendorf Family

    Brad and Kristi Wellendorf Family Midwest Affiliate It was a Wednesday night. We met at our 8 th grade son’s baseball game. Brad had to help with field prep, but he had a difficult time raking. He was not able to catch his breath and was really thirsty. Unfortunately, he didn’t share this...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Katelyn Larson

    Katelyn Larson Iowa Katelyn Larson was born a beautiful and healthy baby but suddenly at 3 months old, she became very sick. That night she would not eat, started choking, her lips turned blue and she became lethargic. Her parents raced her to the closest ER in Ida Grove, IA where an X-Ray showed...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Chase Maltbie

    Chase Maltbie Kansas Lansing Elementary School students are jumping for joy over their big donation to the Kansas City American Heart Association. Students raised $13,000 this year thanks to their hard work and the inspiring stories of their gym teacher, Lee Matzeder, and a 6-year-old student, Chase...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight - Myra Wilson

    On November 3, 2014, I was in nursing school, working as a student nurse at the VA hospital. My first sign something was not quite right was when I was walking through the nursing station and both of my eyes went blurry. I could still see color but I couldn’t see letters. It was blurry for ~30...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight - Craig Miller

    My adventure with cardiac disease is not one that everyone reading this will experience. It's 2016 and looking back I truly feel like a survivor. I have had seven stents, one robotic bypass and suffered a Transient ischemic attack (TIA). I have had eleven angioplasties’ to either place stents...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Brian Donaldson and his friend Price

    Brian Donaldson and his friend Price Missouri As I close my eyes every night, I am thankful that my family had a great day, filled with health and happiness. In January of this year my 51 year old business partner, mentor and friend, Price, had a massive stroke. He was in much better health than...