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  • Blog Post: Eric Price - advocate highlight

    Eric Price’s instinct for CPR response kicked in when Skyler Nelson collapsed of cardiac arrest at West Jordan Middle School on Oct. 14. Price is vice principal at the school in West Jordan, UT, and had completed a CPR refresher course just a few days before the 14-year-old went down while jogging...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Brad Dornbos

    Brad Dornbos Michigan My name is Brad Dornbos. I am a Firefighter and EMS Coordinator for the City of Wyoming Department of Public Safety. I am an American Heart Association CPR Instructor and teach CPR/First Aid classes along with the use of AEDs for companies and schools on my days off. Working...
  • Blog Post: Sarah Urmeneta, Nashville

    When I was 24, I was working a typical day at my first post-college job when I experienced a very sudden and excruciating headache. As I continued a conversation with a co-worker, I began to notice changes in my vision as well as an intensity in pain. We both dismissed these symptoms as telltale signs...
  • Blog Post: Ron Schnoor, Ocean Springs

    Our 2015-16 Mississippi 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 Ron...
  • Blog Post: Why I Intern for the American Heart Association

    Guest Blogger: Lyudmila Chernenko- Intern, AHA Sacramento California Office My Family & a Career Improving the Health of Others Are Why I am a current intern at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and I chose to intern here because of the mission. The mission to...
  • Blog Post: Kara Corso

    Kara Corso, Virginia Eating healthy foods sounds like something people should just be able to choose, but where I grew up in rural Virginia, that was not the case. I remember my parents having to drive about 15 miles to get to a grocery store and often settling for a fast food restaurant nearby...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight: Your New Year's Resolution

    It's Monday, the dreaded first day back to work or school after the holiday break. Your holidays were full of celebrations, family gatherings, watching sporting events, and lots and lots of food. You probably didn't exercise as much as you normally do, and you've gotten used to being not...
  • Blog Post: Yvonne Heredia, Rhode Island

    On May 14, 2015, I was awakened with sudden chest heaviness and difficulty breathing. I took an aspirin and then woke up my 16-year-old daughter to go outside my home with me so that I could get fresh air.While I was outside; I said a quick prayer and realized that something just was not right. I decided...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney - Educating About the Dangers of E-cigs

    Strong clean indoor air laws are the most effective way to prevent second hand smoke exposure. In addition to conventional tobacco products, exposure to aerosol from electronic cigarettes presents a potential threat to public health while normalizing smoking behavior. Dr. Jan Carney will be joining...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Theresa Ferdinand

    Theresa Ferdinand South Dakota AHA advocate and volunteer Theresa Ferdinand has worked for Rapid City Regional Hospital for 25 years. She began her career as a staff nurse and then moved to Cardiac Rehabilitation where she continued as a nurse and as the director for 23 years. She recently transferred...
  • Blog Post: Valeria Hawkins, Clarksdale

    Guest Blogger: Valeria Hawkins If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere. It's up to you, New York, New York! I had a conversation the other day with a dear friend and mentor and she said, "They see your glory, but they do not know your story." On November 1, 2015, I fulfilled...
  • Blog Post: Prevention is Why!

    Meet one of AHA's Contract Lobbyists, Brian McDaniels! ___________________________________________________________________________________ What is your why? Prevention. We are in a position to pass legislation that will save lives and protect families. There is so much competition for resources...
  • Blog Post: Neal Reynolds

    Neal Reynolds, Maryland Neal Reynolds was never an active advocate until his passion for telemedicine collided with a policy opportunity. As a physician who has spent a lot of time over the years working in hospital intensive care units, he has unique insight into how policy change for telemedicine...
  • Blog Post: Sandra Roberson, Tennessee

    Guest Blogger: Sandra Roberson It was the most selfish and stupid thing I’ve ever done. At age 30, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I wasn’t surprised since it runs rampant in my family, but I was irritated to have to take a pill every day. Around my 35th birthday, I started...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Karen Dennis

    What is your why? My WHY started off more as a "work thing." I am a RN and I worked in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Cardiology. Working with the AHA was just something that someone from my department did. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, I just didn’t have much intrinsic...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight - Sara Hoffman

    Hi my name is Sara and I am 37 years old. This year should have been one of the happiest times of my life. On April 18, 2015, I was married on a beach in Mexico. Like any bride, I spent months planning the wedding and could not wait to celebrate with our friends and family. The shocking part of this...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tucker Crum

    Tucker Crum Iowa In January of 2015, legislation was passed that requires hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. Tucker is a little boy whose life was saved because of this testing, in fact, he was the first baby in Iowa to be diagnosed with a heart defect...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story-Toni Reel

    Toni Reel As a child, I was told my only option to live a normal life was to have open-heart surgery. My parents didn’t think this was the best solution for me, and became my biggest advocates. This is why I made a commitment to pay it forward and like my parents, I would be a voice for those...
  • Blog Post: Amy Edmunds

    Amy Edmunds, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Opening doors has been the most rewarding aspect of my volunteer experience. Since experiencing ischemic stroke in 2002, I have been an actively engaged volunteer throughout the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Undoubtedly, the first door to open was my own! It has been...
  • 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: Jane Kolodinsky - Good food sells!

    Telling legislators that french fries are the most common vegetable served to toddlers, AHA volunteer Jane Kolodinsky urged Senate Health and Welfare Committee members at a recent hearing to implement nutrition standards for restaurant kids meals. Jane, the chair of UVM’s Department of Community...
  • Blog Post: Bob Elling, New York

    Bob Elling is a career paramedic, but has many other “jobs,” including educator, author, and four decades of service as a very passionate American Heart Association volunteer. Bob has served in a number of capacities: Founder’s Affiliate board member, Albany Regional Board of Directors...
  • Blog Post: Exploring New Places is Why!

    Meet AHA's Communications Coordinator, Emily Schnacky! _____________________________________________________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? My career with the American Heart Association began February 2015 when...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Raise Awareness with Heart Month Proclamation

    AHA Volunteer Advocates North Dakota AHA volunteers, survivors, and partners joined for a Heart Month proclamation at the Capitol with Governor Dalrymple. Advocates thanked Governor Dalrymple, who is in his last year, for his support in developing a stronger cardiac and stroke system. Because of strong...