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Catherine Czaja

Advocate Spotlight: Catherine Czaja

Catherine Czaja didn’t expect her life to take the trajectory it has.

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Stephen Hilfiker

Advocate Spotlight: Stephen Hilfiker

It’s amazing how one moment can change the trajectory of your life. For Steve Hilfiker of Florida, it happened in 2019 when he received an unexpected diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis, commonly described as the heart turning to stone.

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Shuron Abdullah

Advocate Spotlight: Shuron Abdullah

Advocates who have seen firsthand the impacts of heart health play a key role in demonstrating the impacts of policies which support longer, healthier lives.

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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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