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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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Congenital Heart Disease is a chronic condition and she will need lifelong care. The Affordable Care Act ensures that Gretta can never be turned down for her pre-existing condition.

Valerie and Gretta King

As the mom of a congenital heart disease survivor, I am submersed into a life I never imagined existed. I found out at 20 weeks that my daughter, Gretta, had a heart defect. “Valerie, your little girl has something wrong with her heart. We think she has tricuspid atresia and we can tell parts are missing so we are going to make you an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist.” Those words are burned in my brain, they haunt me because I had never heard of a heart defect. I mean heart problems are for people that are old, don't take care of themselves or eat unhealthily. The next weeks were full of ultrasounds and doctor appointments. I learned a lot of medical jargon very quickly. I also learned the specific diagnosis that our daughter had didn’t have very good statistics to go with it. Tricuspid Atresia, Transposition of the Great Vessels, ASD and hypoplastic right ventricle became very familiar rapidly.

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Dr. Shon Chakrabarti

The You’re the Cure network is full of incredible advocates that invest their free time and energy with us to make a difference – in their local community and beyond.

Dr. Shon Chakrabarti is an interventional cardiologist and an advocate. He is a shining example of how one individual can make a big difference when they invest their passion with the American Heart Association. Dr. Chakrabarti is instrumental in changing policy and ensuring individuals receive high-quality cardiovascular care.

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Ron Schnoor, Ocean Springs

Our 2018-19 Mississippi Advocacy Committee is composed of individuals from across the state who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some of our members. Today, we'd like you to meet Ron Schnoor of Ocean Springs.

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Therese Cahill - Maine Advocate

Therese found new purpose after a health scare. Read her story.

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Katie Towle - Raising Awareness About Congenital Heart Defects

Cardiac Kids Go to the Ballpark.

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Matt Keene, A Cardiac Arrest Survivor, Advocates for AEDs in Public Schools

Matt survived a cardiac arrest while playing football due to the quick action of his coaches.

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Kathy McCarthy, Albany, New York

Albany's Communications Director talks about her role in advocacy work.

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