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  • 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: 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: Danny Mackenzie, Rhode Island

    I am a 40 year old, healthy active adult as well as a cardiac arrest and heart attack survivor. It was a Saturday and I remember waking up in a hospital bed feeling tired and groggy. My heart attack happened on a Saturday but I did not wake up until a week later. My mind and body had been put through...
  • Blog Post: Leigh Pechillo, Connecticut

    Leigh Pechillo brings an extraordinary level of commitment and passion to her work as a volunteer for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Leigh suffered a massive heart attack on Mother’s Day in 2014 and was saved by her husband, Tom, who performed necessary lifesaving CPR...
  • Blog Post: Mary Cushman - An Advocacy "Hero"

    American Heart Association Advocate and Board Member Mary Cushman takes her role as an advocate seriously, advocating for state and federal policy priorities for the American Heart Association. As a physician and researcher, she knows both are important to preventing lives lost to heart disease and...
  • Blog Post: Mel is more than just a stroke survivor, she's an advocate!

    Melody Trombly is a seven year stroke survivor. Her husband knew the signs and symtoms and recognized what was happening. Mel was having a stroke. Fortunately she received care quickly and the life saving drug (TPA). Now Mel is spreading the word so that others can live a healthy life. Do you know the...
  • Blog Post: Mindy Beyer, Maine

    I was born with a complex congenital heart condition. My parents were told that if I made it to the age of three I would be lucky. I am now 34 years old and a cardiac nurse. Recently, (much to the amazement of my cardiologist), I became a mother to a beautiful baby boy. Not bad for someone not expected...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Gerry Marx, Massachusetts

    Throughout his medical career, Dr. Marx has been involved with the battle against heart disease. With over 20 years of experience as a pediatric cardiologist, he recognizes the impact childhood obesity is having on children today and will continue to have if the trend is not reversed and prevention doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: Michelle Johnston, Vermont

    I'm alive because my husband knew CPR. Shelburne resident, and cardiac arrest survivor Michelle Johnston suffered sudden cardiac arrest in October 2009 and was saved by her husband. But that is not the end of her story. As an advocate in Vermont Michelle worked tirelessly to get legislation passed...
  • Blog Post: Pam Coleman, New Jersey

    I was born with a congenital heart valve defect which was detected at birth. I had three open heart surgeries by the time I was 30. My first surgery was at age 7 to repair my valve. Unfortunately that was not successful and at age 13 my valve was replaced. Due to the blood thinning medication that I...
  • Blog Post: Ryan Boutin, New Hampshire

    On 07 July 2008, at seven years old, Ryan awoke with abdominal pain. We took him to the Pediatrician’s office that afternoon, and he had an emergency appendectomy at 5pm. While in recovery, the Anesthesiologist informed us that he had noticed an irregular heartbeat. Our Pediatrician ordered additional...