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Matthew Zubiller

Advocate Spotlight: Matthew Zubiller

It was a bright and sunny morning at my children’s elementary school here in San Diego, California. As was the custom, many parents, myself included, were rushing to drop off their kids, give them a hug and a kiss, and wish them a great day. I revel in embarrassing my son and daughter, as any good dad would, and yelled to them as they entered the gate “Make good choices!”. They acted as if they didn’t know who I was and proceeded on their way, but I know that they knew what that meant.

As I was walking back to my car, most of the parking lot had cleared out. Ben, an older gentleman, chronic smoker, and grandfather to my daughter’s friend, was ambling back to his grey pickup and began to stumble. Within a few short seconds, he collapsed. I ran over and caught him as he fell. He looked pale and grey, and was unresponsive to my questions. His breathing was erratic and shallow.

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Jaelene Luper

Advocate Spotlight: Jaelene Luper

American Heart Association advocate Jaelene Luper is an Instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association and a face you may have seen on the Netflix docuseries, "Cheer."

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jeri ward testimony

Jeri Ward, Ohio Stroke Champion

The physicians said during my first of five brain surgeries that it was unlikely that I would survive, and if I did, I likely would not be able to speak, move, read, or write ever again.

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Tina Marsden, Survivor and Leader

Many people in their late 20’s find themselves settling down to build a family. Maybe they’re building their career – or even buying their first home.  What the majority of people are not doing is working through a congestive heart failure diagnosis, but that’s exactly what Tina Marie Marsden found herself doing.

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jeri ward testimony

Jeri Ward, Ohio Stroke Champion

The physicians said during my first of five brain surgeries that it was unlikely that I would survive, and if I did, I likely would not be able to speak, move, read, or write ever again.

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Advocate Spotlight: Pariswi Tewari

The Tangible Impacts of Virtual Health Advocacy: Making Health Policy More Accessible Among Youth Through Virtual Interventions.

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Family

Advocate Spotlight: Jammie Garcia

Jammie Garcia has seen firsthand the effects of heart disease, and it led to her involvement as a volunteer.

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Advocate Spotlight: DJ Yearwood

15 year old DJ Yearwood from Independence, Missouri is using his voice to better communities across the country. Read about his experiences in his own words about why it is important for young people to speak up and get involved!

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Yolanda

Advocate Spotlight: Yolanda Dickerson

I am the product of my village.  When I received the AHA Survivor Advocate of the Year award in DC years ago, I knew it was really not about me. 

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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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