What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
I had my stroke in 2003 while serving in the Illinois legislature. I'd already been working with the American Heart Association on health care issues so after I was able, I became a visible advocate for heart healthy issues.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
Now retired, I continue to address heart healthy matters as I serve on a study group established by the legislature to continue work begun for stroke survivors. Our work product is shared nationally with the neediest populations affected by stroke.
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
I work with a stroke advocacy group called SSEEO. We've initiated a new survivor- to- survivor program that has been received very positively by both providers and recipients.
What is your favorite way to be active?
I exercise at my local health facility three times a week but also keep physically busy with eight of our grandchildren living in the same house.
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Banana fresh off the tree!