Advocate Spotlight: Candice Whigham
Since taking her first CPR course as a teenager, Candice has felt a connection to this life-saving skill. In recent years, that feeling has deepened as she has lost several family members where CPR possibly could have saved their lives.
Advocate Spotlight: Michelle Bianco
I started with the American Heart Association over 15 years ago through the Train to End Stroke program. I had decided to challenge myself to run my first half marathon while committing to a great cause. Through my work at the time as a Physical Therapist, I had experience treating individuals of varying ages impacted by stroke and heart disease.
Advocate Spotlight: Pam Dell - Rallies for Medical Research
I was able to travel to Washington, DC and participate in the Rally for Medical Research, September 13-14th 2023. Sharing my medical story with the state of Idaho Congressional members and engaging in shared interest and support of our country's medical research trajectory touched me deeply. The medical community’s message encouraged an increase of appropriations for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) FY24.
Advocate Spotlight: DJ Yearwood
My name is DJ Yearwood, I’m 16, and I am proud to be an American Heart Association (AHA) youth advocate.
Advocate Spotlight: Rachel Henry
Here at You’re the Cure, we are shining a spotlight on Rachel Henry, a remarkable individual whose journey from stroke survivor to passionate advocate has inspired many. Rachel's unwavering dedication and resilience have made her a powerful voice for stroke survivors, working tirelessly to improve the lives of others who have faced similar challenges. Let's delve into her incredible story and the impact she has made.
Meet Christopher A. Hopkins, CFA – Heart Survivor and Outstanding Advocate
Chris Hopkins suffered a massive heart attack in 1998 at age 39. Over the next twenty years he received a great deal of life-extending care that included 3 defibrillators and numerous cardioversions. Then in 2019, Chris received a heart transplant.
Advocate Spotlight: Mandi Schill
Mandi Schill’s pregnancy was healthy and uneventful, until she gave birth to her son and was diagnosed with preeclampsia, or high blood pressure during pregnancy. After receiving treatment, Mandi returned home to care for her newborn son and manage her blood pressure.
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Advocate Spotlight: Chloe Burke
I was born with an extremely rare congenital heart defect called a myocardial bridge, where my main left artery (the artery that gives your body and brain blood and oxygen) was buried deep inside my heart rather than on top of my heart like it's supposed to be.
Meet Ali Stone, Mrs. Kentucky International 2023
Heart Disease has long been an issue in my family. Its genetic presence has caused much heartache within our family, from losing aunts, uncles and cousins. And unfortunately this past year, my own father.
Advocate Spotlight: Suhaas Reddy Bonkur
We are excited for you to meet one of our top advocates from Georgia, Suhaas Reddy Bonkur and learn what motivates him as an advocate.