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  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mrs. Jennifer Caribardi

    Jennifer Caribardi As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it. “I am too busy for this to happen,” she thought as her symptoms...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Buffy Mckinney

    Buffy McKinney O Fallon, IL There was never any heart disease in my family. That all changed on August 12, 2010 when my first grandson, Brody, was born with a congenital heart defect called ASD/VSD. The thought was that the holes would eventually close themselves so they released him from the hospital...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Carrie Hoch-Mortlock

    Carrie Hoch-Mortlock Michigan I will begin by taking you back to year 2010. I woke up one Sunday in March and decided to stop smoking, cold turkey. I never smoked a lot, a pack per week or two. I was a social smoker. In January of that same year, I started working with a personal trainer. It was my...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Gene Johnson

    Gene Johnson New Brighton, MN On Sept.11,2002 I had a heart attack, followed immediately by a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I had a series of miracles and fortuitous events that followed. My daughter called and told my wife to check on dad. I was laying on the driveway with the garden hose spewing...
  • Blog Post: Kerry Caldarelli, Mississippi

    Kerry Caldarelli of Long Beach is Chair of our 2014-15 State Advocacy Committee. She has been a faithful volunteer and advocate with the American Heart Association for the last seven years due to her son, Garrett, who is her why. Garrett was born with multiple heart defects diagnosed as Shone's Complex...
  • Blog Post: An update on One of Our Youngest Advocates - Coulter Cross

    You might remember our littlest advocate Colter and his mom Bobbie from last year. With Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week upon us (February 7-14) we wanted to give you an update on how he is doing. This message was written by his mom, Bobbie: “ Colter celebrated his 3rd birthday in November...
  • Blog Post: Eastlake AP Government Students

    On February 3, the Advanced Placement Government class from Eastlake High School in Sammamish, WA traveled to Olympia to join the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association for its 2015 Lobby Day. Eastlake’s AP students joined other advocates including heart and stroke survivors,...
  • Blog Post: Herb Lommen

    Herb Lommen is not only saving lives by teaching CPR in Oregon and keeping kids healthy with physical education, but he’s a passionate advocate helping support the mission of the American Heart Association time and time again. Herb is the Department Chair of Health and Physical Education at Valley...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Ron Drouin

    STROKE – some things you may not know and were afraid to ask! My name is Ron Drouin and I am a stroke survivor. There are two types of strokes, namely: Ischemic (which account for 87% of all strokes) and Hemorrhagic. There are many contributing factors: genetics, STRESS and Health habits. My...
  • Blog Post: The Csigi Family

    For a parent, there may be no greater fear than losing a child. Wojo and Cari Ann Csigi, of Waihee, experienced that loss in 2011 when their infant son Shayden died from complications related to congenital heart defects. Now they are finding solace through their support of the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Don Bremner - 3 Time Heart Survivor and Advocate

    I had my first heart attack at the age of 51 about an hour after a hard game of squash. Up to that point I was in excellent health and maintained my fitness by running 10Ks and half-marathons. I knew about my family heart history but like many thought, ’I’m fitter and healthier with a much...
  • 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: Dr. Stephen Leffler & the University of Vermont Medical Center Support a Tax to Reduce Obesity and Health Care Costs

    The University of Vermont Medical Center has been outstanding in its support of a two cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks to reduce obesity in Vermont. Stephen Leffler, the Chief Medical Officer for the hospital, has been a tireless advocate testifying before a legislative committee, speaking...
  • 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...