We are pleased to introduce to you our Advocate Spotlight for the month of December, Destiny Shelton from Wilburton, Oklahoma. Thank you Destiny for your passion and commitment to the mission of the American Heart Association.
Advocating for the American Heart Association is important to me because I have witnessed first-hand the emotional and physical impact heart disease and its’ associated problems have had on my family. As a student in a health major, I have learned the physiological aspects of heart disease as well as the prevalence right here in our state. I know that it takes cooperation from the community and government policy to enforce action of change and help our families and communities live longer, healthier lives. I hope to become a Physician Associate so I will have the opportunity to educate and assist my patients with preventing and treating the effects of heart disease.
School: The University of Oklahoma. I will be graduating in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Health & Exercise Science (Pre-PA).
Hometown: Wilburton, OK
Favorite Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Hobbies: My hobbies are photography, riding horses, running, and exploring new places and things to do.
Pets: Zeke (Golden Retriever, 8 months old)
Role Model: My mom is my role model because she is a selfless, strong, and beautiful woman. Even through major heart surgery and various health issues she continues to stay positive and help others any way she can. She has taught me how to be empathetic of others while also staying strong willed in my own aspirations.
Greatest achievement: I am a first-generation college student and graduating from OU with academic distinctions in December. I have also been selected to interview with my top two choices of Physician Associate Programs that I have applied to. I am hoping to achieve another goal of being accepted at the OU College of Medicine PA program.
Two celebrities/ historical figures: If I could have lunch with any historical figure, I would like to meet Marie Curie. She was extremely intelligent and her work led to medical advancements we still utilize today. She was also an advocate and inspiration for women to use their knowledge and abilities in science and medicine; a male-dominated field at the time. If I could have lunch with a celebrity, I would probably choose Chris Pratt because he is hilarious.
Favorite AHA event: I had an incredible experience volunteering at both, the 2016 Go Red for Women Luncheon as well as the 2017 Go Red for Native Women Heart Health Summit. I look forward to volunteering at many more AHA events in the future.