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Gabby Ralphe

Meet Outstanding Advocate, Gabby Ralphe

I began advocating against teen e-cigarette use when I was 14-years-old. As a freshman in high school, I looked around at my classmates and friends and was concerned about their newfound relationships with Juul. At this time the vaping epidemic was in its infancy and few adults had any sense of just how many kids owned a vape.

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Advocate Spotlight: Yolanda Dickerson

Rachel Foley

Meet Illinois Survivor-Advocate, Rachel Foley

At 27 years old, I suffered two cerebellar strokes that went untreated, due to being misdiagnosed as migraines.

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Advocate Spotlight: Tori Lane Kiser

Tori Lane Kiser is a 17-year-old senior at Cabot High School in Cabot, Arkansas. She’s been involved with the advocacy work of the American Heart Association for three years and continues to commit her time and energy to community service with both the AHA and Special Olympics.

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Monte Curnutt

Meet Incredible Indiana Advocate, Monte Curnutt

As a longtime volunteer-advocate, Monte Curnutt has helped secure key legislative successes around tobacco taxes, telephone-CPR, e-cigarette taxes, minority health initiatives and telehealth. to name just a few. 

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dennis mcmahan

I Never Expected the CPR Skills I Taught Others Would Go on to Save My Own Life

I've been a CPR and First Aid Instructor for more than 45 years, but never expected that the CPR skills I taught others would go on to save my own life.

 

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Veronica Tomor

Advocate Spotlight: Veronica Tomor

Stroke entered my world on July 10, 2018.

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2021 Stroke Caregiver Hero: Mark Matasic

The American Stroke Association recently honored stroke survivors, health care professionals and caregivers from across the country. We're excited to introduce Mark Matasic of Campbell, Ohio, as our 2021 Stroke Caregiver Award recipient.

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Agamroop Kaur

Advocate Spotlight: Agamroop Kaur

Moving from elementary school to middle school was a big jump for me. Feeling like a small fish in the big pond made everything new and intimidating. Though, I was especially confused at the prevalence of the thin rectangle-shaped products that I would soon find out to be Juul pods.

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Advocate Spotlight: Noah Rich

Youth advocates play a key role in advocacy. Noah Rich, an advocate and senior at Towson High School, has been a You’re the Cure advocate for three years, working on state issues, attending Federal Lobby Day with his friends, and speaking up about tobacco issues that were important to him. Noah has learned the power of stories. “When I first went to testify on Tobacco 21 legislation with a few other high schoolers 3 years ago, one piece of advice we got was to really use our stories: statistics and data are concrete, but stories and anecdotes are what make those facts matter.”

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