Doing My Part for a Healthy Future
Advocacy gives me an opportunity to represent myself, my family, community, and profession. I’m doing my part to influence a healthy future for all those I love and to speak up on the issues that are important to health.
Meet Gary Bulmer
This month, we are proud to feature Oklahoma advocate Gary Bulmer. Eleven months after marrying his wife Elaine, Gary suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at just 20 years old. Rather than let adversity get the best of him, Gary decided to devote his life to helping other stroke survivors, their spouses, family, and friends in their journey to recovery and understanding.
hero_image_alt_text===Gary and Elaine
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Meet Dr. Hooks-Anderson
Dr. Hooks-Anderson is a Family Physician and the President of American Heart Association’s Board of Directors in St. Louis, MO. She is a community leader and vocal advocate for better health policy, having been instrumental in the work of the American Heart Association over the past several years.
Candice A. Battiste, JD
In Shreveport, Louisiana, most businesses are preparing to go smoke-free by August 8th thanks to a local ordinance passed earlier this summer.
In this month’s volunteer spotlight we are featuring Alyssa Fernandes. You may recognize her photo and name if you are from New Hampshire because she is the current Miss New Hampshire USA. She is also a registered dietitian.
hero_image_alt_text===Picture of Alyssa at Lobby Day
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Dr. Pam Duncan, advocate extraordinaire
Dr. Pam Duncan has an incredible zest for life. An educated physical therapist turned stroke researcher, all one needs to do is spend a few minutes in her company to see her passion for making a difference in the lives of stroke patients.
Meet Young Stroke Survivor, Kate Mushala
While at work, I felt a rush in the back of my neck/head like a fizzy drink with the start of total confusion. I went back to my desk and tried to work but was too disoriented. After several minutes, I stumbled to my manager’s office. At that time, I sat down and tried to say, “something is wrong.” That’s the moment, I realized my speech was unrecognizable.
Advocate Spotlight: Pamela Dell
Just as I was beginning to become overly stir crazy from the "stay at home" order and my high risk condition, a request was presented to share my story regarding my support of the American Heart Association and my efforts to make a difference as a survivor.
hero_image_alt_text===Picture of Pamela Dell
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Advocate Spotlight: Taryn Bewley
My advocacy journey with the American Heart Association began five years ago. At the age of sixteen, I joined the AHA Grassroots Action Team in Arkansas knowing I wanted to advocate for heart health in my state and for my family. As an avid runner, both on the Ouachita Baptist University Cross Country team and in half marathons with my dad, I’m constantly working to improve my own heart health through physical fitness but knew becoming an advocate with the AHA was a way to make a difference through the public policy process.
hero_image_alt_text===A picture of Taryn
thumbnail_alt_text===A picture of Taryn
Ruby Johnson: A Voice in the Fight Against Youth Vaping
The experience of sending our first child off to college this past fall was a life changing experience… but not in the way I ever expected.