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Ruby Johnson

Ruby Johnson: A Voice in the Fight Against Youth Vaping

The experience of sending our first child off to college this past fall was a life changing experience… but not in the way I ever expected.

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Jill Duis

Advocate Spotlight: Jill Duis

Occasionally I’m asked about my passion for AHA. Why I volunteer, why I believe in the organization and why I travel, speak, walk, jump rope, sponsor and participate. In a society that constantly questions what’s in it for me, I’m happy to share. First and foremost, what’s in it for me is you. Every year I get the privilege and honor of speaking with people young and old about heart disease and the opportunity to tell them my story.

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Traci Gunter

Traci Gunter, Alabama

Nine months ago, Traci Gunter of Gadsden miraculously survived a heart attack while driving to work. She was 23.

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Ben and Laurie at the US Capitol

Advocate Spotlight: Ben Ellis

Ben Ellis is an advocate from Pittsburgh, PA who has dedicated his life to addressing emergency health and ensuring that everyone has a chance for a longer, healthier life. We talked to Ben about why advocacy with American Heart Association was so important to him.

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It Wasn't a Matter of If, But When

There is a long history of heart disease in my family. My grandfather died at a very early age, my father had a quadruple bypass in his 50s, and my younger, healthier brother had a heart attack at 40. I was immune only by luck.

 

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Tracie Chandler

Meet Tracie Chandler

At age 39, I weighed 240 pounds. I was fighting obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. My doctor said if I wanted to live into my forties, I needed to do something about my health. With a leap of faith, my journey began. 

 

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Debra Meyerson, Steve Zuckerman and Nancy Brown at 2019 Federal Lobby Day

Advocate Spotlight: Debra Meyerson

My husband Steve and I recently returned from 3 days in Washington DC with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

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Reilly Brown

Speaking Out to Save Our Youth

My time spent at Congressional Lobby Day in D.C. was an invaluable experience. Being able to spend time with other AHA volunteers and survivors is something that I will never forget. 

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Award winners

Meet our 2019 Advocates of the Year

Earlier this month, four special advocates were recognized and awarded for their commitment and achievements at the American Heart Association’s annual Hero’s Awards Dinner that took place in conjunction with our You’re the Cure on the Hill event in Washington, D.C.

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Janan Saba

My Experience on Capitol Hill

It was such a wonderful experience to attend You’re the Cure on the Hill with the American Heart Association. As a health care professional who is personally connected to this work, I had the opportunity to speak to Michigan legislators on my “why.”

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