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Reilly Brown

Speaking Out to Save Our Youth

My time spent at Congressional Lobby Day in D.C. was an invaluable experience. Being able to spend time with other AHA volunteers and survivors is something that I will never forget. 

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Award winners

Meet our 2019 Advocates of the Year

Earlier this month, four special advocates were recognized and awarded for their commitment and achievements at the American Heart Association’s annual Hero’s Awards Dinner that took place in conjunction with our You’re the Cure on the Hill event in Washington, D.C.

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Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins, Finding Hope with Heart

Jennifer is the current chair of the North Carolina Advocacy Coordinating Committee, the committee that helps steer advocacy for the state. She welcomes everyone, is passionate about her beliefs, and is a person who walks the walk – and talks the talk – about advocating to make a difference.  Moments after her daughter was born, Jennifer and her husband Rob were told she had a heart defect known as a transposition of the great arteries.  This means the two main arteries carrying blood away from the heart are reversed.

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Dr. Vigilance

Meet Dr. Deon Vigilance

Dr. Deon Vigilance has served as a champion for improved health policy in Philadelphia since joining the AHA’s Philadelphia Board. He has been a leading voice in public health on the need to address the social determinants of health that will improve the significant health disparities seen in Philadelphia; a city where residents who live less than two miles apart can have nearly a decade difference in life expectancy. 

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Cody and Jami Fitzpatrick

In 2009, when Cody Fitzpatrick was just 5 years old, he slipped under water and was found at the bottom of the community pool he was visiting with family. As 911 was alerted, an amazing bystander jumped into action. Jennifer Turner-Adams, or “Cody’s Angel” as the Fitzpatrick family refers to her, started performing CPR, and continued for an astonishing 15 minutes before EMS personnel arrived. After this terrifying experience Cody and his mom, Jami, decided they wanted to ensure that as many people as possible had the ability to perform this life saving skill, and they began working with the AHA to help train as many people as possible.

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Ashlea and Caden

A Mothers Love

This month the spotlight is on Ashlea Konecny. Ashlea has been an advocate with the AHA in Kansas for a while. She got involved through her family, but when her son was born with a heart defect, it became even more personal.

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Lisa Deck

Volunteer Report: Lisa Deck attends Global Forum on CVD

Last month, my advocacy took me to all new levels. I was asked to represent the American Heart Association at a Global Forum in Tokyo, Japan. The Forum was hosted by the Health and Global Policy Institute, a non-profit health policy think tank based in Tokyo. The American Heart Association was invited to speak on a panel about patient involvement in cardiovascular disease policy for sustainable healthcare systems. I was asked to share my experience infusing the patient experience in discussions about health policy.

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Meet Dra Bishop, One of Arkansas' Youngest Heart Hero Stroke Survivors!

The threat of a stroke isn’t on the minds of most 16-year-olds, but then again, Dra Bishop wasn’t most 16-year-olds.  A star basketball player at Bentonville High School, Dra was more physically fit and healthy than most of his classmates.  But on the morning of May 26th, 2018, Dra felt sluggish and weak. 

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john Ferguson

Meet Dedicated Survivor-Advocate, Dr. John Ferguson

I have been participating in advocacy work with the American Heart Association for a number of years because I am a strong proponent of their mission and long-term goals. Annually, I have taken university students to Advocacy Days at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, to support and encourage the legislators to pass bills which impact the goals of the American Heart Association in our state. 

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Mick Landauer

Born with Congenital Heart Disease, Mick wants children today to know that there is hope for a future.

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