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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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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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father and son

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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