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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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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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What I CAN do every day

I’ve always wondered about the root of my motivations.  Why do I care so much about my health and the health of those around me?  I’m that annoying person who always wants to hear about your ailments and offers a tidbit of solution from something I recently read.  I just can’t help it; I love health-related stuff.

Why do I care so much?  Why do I put so much effort into making sure that I walk my steps every day and eat well?  I suppose the source of my motivation has evolved over my lifetime. Today, I see clearly why my health matters.

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Meet Dr. Laura Brown!

This month we are thrilled to recognize one of our leading volunteer advocates who is leading the charge in the fight against heart disease and stroke. As both a young mother and a pediatrician, Dr. Laura Brown was honored to be asked to be on both the Center and Residential Childcare Licensing Committees, as this role - advocating for the health and safety of children from a medical and developmental standpoint - felt like a natural extension of her daily activities. 

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The Youth Voice Can Go A Long Way

The age of an advocate is just a number to most: what really matters is how you share your story to make a difference.

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In Memory of Raheem Baraka

Remembering the Boston advocate who dedicated his life to health equity.

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Dave McKissock, Superstar Advocate

Survivor & volunteer extraordinaire Dave McKissock’s story is one that is truly remarkable and has resulted in his passion for advocacy.

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