Accessible, Affordable Healthcare is why for Development Director for Lincoln Heart Walk, Sioux City Heart Walk, and Go Red Sioux City
What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
I’ve learned that nothing gets me out of bed with a bounce like being sold out to the mission. Not all work opportunities offer that kind of inspiration. When I saw the opening with the AHA, I jumped at the chance to be on board with the work we’re doing.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
Accessible, affordable health care that leads to the best life for all is an issue that holds my heart and soul. My son had his first ICU visit at two years old. I lost my insurance after that when I changed jobs and could not insure him again. I was literally watching him die while I fought to get him the care he deserved. At 12 years old, Nacho knows that it was finally getting access to a team of amazing medical professionals that lets him live his best life.
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
After my son started to receive purposeful medical care, he decided to run in a mile long race for elementary school kids – a feat he had ever believed he’d be capable. I used this opportunity to team with a health care access group to raise awareness for chronic illnesses and how society benefits when we give those who suffer access to consistent health care and healthy initiatives. Nacho’s story was a highlight of the campaign and a celebration of success in more ways than one!
What is your favorite way to be active?
I love to run with my son (though it’s getting harder and harder to keep up!) and -as a former professional dancer- still love to just put some great music on for 20 minutes and shake it!
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
I love vegetables! I seem to find a new favorite all the time. Right now I’m really enjoying roasted brussel sprouts with drizzled olive oil, lemon, and a sprinkling of parmesan.