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  • 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: 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: Calling All NJ Advocates!

    Want to share your story about how you are fighting heart disease and stroke in your community? Now is your chance! Each day, "You're the Cure" advocates like you are stepping up and taking action to make the Garden State a healthier place to live, work, play and learn and we want to hear...
  • 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: YOU!

    The American Heart Association recently launched its new brand “Life is Why.” We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It's why we've made better heart and brain health our mission. And until there's a world free of heart disease and stroke, we'll...
  • 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: Jane Cleaves, Maine

    My name is Jane Cleaves, I am a "mostly" retired nurse from Yarmouth, ME. I am also a board member and current advocacy committee member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Maine. I have been volunteering for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Story: Dennise Whitley

    I spent 13 years of my professional life working in advocacy and government relations for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association in Maine (AHA/ASA). I feel these years were the most productive and rewarding of my long career in the health field. In the policy successes of...
  • Blog Post: Miriam Plitt, Rhode Island

    A while back we introduced you to Rhode Island advocate Miriam Plitt. Miriam has been an American Heart Association volunteer for more than a decade and she has spent countless hours at the State House promoting our lifesaving policy agenda. We want to congratulate Miriam, Mayor Donald Grebien and Pawtucket...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dr. Gerry Marx

    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...
  • 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: Isaac Landry, New Hampshire

    My name is Isaac Landry. I live in Auburn NH with my Mom, Dad, and three brothers: Ethan, Aidan and Evan. I was Mommy’s second baby. She had all boys. Even the dog is a boy! Our dog is named Guinness and he was my birthday present when I turned 7 years old. I’m 9 now, so Guinness is two years...