This month, we want to shine a light on one Oklahoma's amazing Advocates, Miss Bricktown's Teen, Emily Faith! She has a special place in her heart for the American Heart Association and would like to share with you a few of those reasons why.
Occupation or school if you are a student: Freshman at Epic Charter School
Hometown: Kingfisher, OK
Favorite movie: Anastasia
Hobbies: My hobbies are dance, theater, and playing basketball.
Pets (ages and names): Rocky my dog is a 1 yr old Morkie, and 3 Siberian cats Smoky, Apollo, and Precious.
Role model: Denise Castelli, AHA’s Go Red for Women Director, is one of my role models because she fights for who she loves and what she believes in. Even through her heart issues and surgeries, she always fights to the fullest. She’s inspired me to never give up, even in the hardest of times.
Greatest achievement: I have two. First, I had the opportunity to open for the Newsboys on their 50-city national Love Riot tour in the spring of 2017. Also, having my song, Write Your Own Story, chosen as the theme and the song for Go Red for Women Campaign.
Two celebrities or historical figures you would want to have dinner with (living or not) and why? If I could have dinner with a historical figure, I would like to meet Elizabeth Hamilton because she had a vision and followed it through. She told the stories of our fallen founding fathers, spoke out against slavery, and she also established the first private orphanage in New York City in honor of her husband, Alexander Hamilton. I would love to hear about the experiences she had on that journey. If I could have dinner with a celebrity, I would choose Carrie Underwood because she has an amazing voice and is an incredible role model. She is always giving to others in need and is not afraid to stand firm in her faith.Favorite AHA event and why? I loved getting to help deliver the little red hats to the OKC Children’s Hospital! It was such a great experience, and I got to spend some time with an incredible young survivor, Olivia. I also enjoyed lobbying at the Oklahoma State Capitol with AHA’s Go Red for Women and Advocacy groups. It was such an empowering experience to be able to speak to members of the house and senate about different topics and bills concerning heart disease.
Why is advocating with the American Heart Association important to you? It’s important because my age group doesn’t know that much about heart disease and how many people it effects every single day. Through this organization, I can teach not just kids, but also adults, about how and why Oklahoma is 49th in the nation for heart health and how important it is to learn CPR. AHA has taught me so much and given me the information I need to make people aware of this epidemic.