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  • Braelynn Neely, West Virginia

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    Braelynn Neely is a 2016 graduate of Clay-Battelle High School in Blacksville, WV, and a congenital heart defect survivor. This passionate young woman shares her story of open-heart surgery at just 14-months-old to raise awareness that heart disease can...
  • Research Saved Grace's Life

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    Our team of nine climbers, all volunteers for a Kenyan orphanage, had begun the journey in a downpour. My body had experienced that type of complete physical exhaustion only once before – in June 2011, when I went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA...
  • Trenton Fryman, Kentucky

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    For more than a year, youth advocate, Trenton Fryman, has been an outspoken advocate in support of training all students in lifesaving CPR.
  • You're the Cure and You're Making it Happen!

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    Thank you to all our Great Rivers Affiliate You’re the Cure advocates! It’s been a very busy few months in our state capitols and we wanted to take this opportunity to share a few of the policy wins YOU have helped make possible.
  • Ohio Becomes 33rd State to Pass CPR in School Legislation!

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    Great news! House Bill 113 was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on June 14th, making Ohio the 33 rd state to pass CPR in Schools legislation.
  • Summer Sun Means Summer Fun

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    The arrival of summer means fun days at the pool or playground, family picnics and other outdoor activities. Here are a few tips to help keep your family healthy while being physically active in the warmer months.
  • Annette Santilli, West Virginia

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    Annette Santilli is certainly a hero in our eyes. She is a "regular" at the West Virginia Capitol, frequently making the 2 1/2 hour drive to speak out on issues she believes in.
  • Carmen Thompson, Kentucky

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    Frankfort, Kentucky resident, Carmen Thompson, is 66 years young. So when she suffered a stroke December of last year, she didn’t believe it was happening to her.
  • May is Stroke Month: Become a Stroke Hero!

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    Someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. May is Stroke Month, so let's take this opportunity to educate ourselves and those we love that most strokes can be prevented and stroke is largely treatable.
  • Kentucky Becomes 29th State to Pass CPR in Schools!

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    Great news! Thanks to your emails, phone calls and visits with lawmakers, Kentucky's CPR in Schools bill passed the Kentucky House and Senate and was signed into law April 9th by Governor Bevin.
  • Shannon and Tristan Rowley, Ohio

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    On February 25, 2015, I started out having what I thought would be a normal day at work. Instead I ended up at the Emergency Room to find that my son, Tristan, had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Guest Blog: Danielle Wicklund on the Importance of CPR in Schools

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    CPR training in high schools is the best place to create a generation of lifesavers. Why? Because the majority of sudden cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital.
  • Pledge to Break Up With Sodium

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    Take a moment to take the Sodium Pledge and say NO to the higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health problems linked to too much sodium.
  • Anne and Cade Lindsey, Kentucky

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    Although we have always been open and honest with Cade about his condition, he says that he didn’t realize the significance of his heart defect until he was about 8 or 9 years old. Around this time Cade was preparing for his third open heart surgery...
  • Be Good to Your Heart this Heart Month!

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    February is American Heart Month and what better time to make simple, heart-healthy lifestyle changes? It’s as easy as a click!
  • Grace Firestone

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    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.
  • Christi Nelson, Ohio

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    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...
  • You're the Cure at the Ohio Statehouse - March 9, 2016

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    You're the Cure at the Ohio Statehouse March 9, 2016 Make plans to join us at the Ohio Statehouse as we meet with legislators in support of policies to improve the heart health of all Ohioans. We will be urging legislators to vote yes...
  • Join Us At The State Capitol On April 4th For PA Advocacy Day!

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    Mark your calendar and make plans to join us on April 4, 2016, as we gather at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to meet with lawmakers in support of heart-healthy policies!
  • Let's Make Ohio #28! Save the Date for Ohio Advocacy Day!

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    Save the date and make plans to join us for Ohio Advocacy Day on March 9th. Watch your inbox for more details coming soon!
  • Mark Your Calendar and Make Plans to Join Us at Legislative Hall!

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    We hope you'll register and make plans to join us for Delaware 2016 Advocacy Day: You're the Cure at the Capitol on May 19, 2016. Gather with others from across the First State as we meet with lawmakers in support of heart-health policies, like...
  • Join Us at the Capitol on Feb 2 for 2016 WV Advocacy Day!

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    February is quickly approaching, which makes today the perfect time to register for WV Advocacy Day. Join us on February 2nd as we meet with lawmakers in support of heart-health policies, like protecting WV's local smoke-free regulations.
  • Charlotte and Rachel Richey, Kentucky

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    On May 28, 2015, four-year-old Charlotte was diagnosed with an electrical heart condition called Catecholarminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPMVT). The diagnosis came after she had two incidents in which she lost consciousness and had to...
  • 2016 Is the Year We Make KY No. 28: Join Us Feb 9th for KY Advocacy Day!

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    Register today and make plans to join us for Kentucky Advocacy Day , where we'll meet with lawmakers in support of making Kentucky the 28th state to ensure all students learn lifesaving CPR.
  • Michael Flynn, Pennsylvania

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    On March 23, 2015, 35-year-old Michael Flynn went into full cardiac arrest while working. Thankfully, someone nearby knew CPR--a skill that saved this young father's life.