On Thursday, February 2nd, the American Heart Association hosted their signature Advocating for Heart event at the Arkansas State Capitol. The event included the Go Red For Women Survivor Gallery Unveiling, lawmaker meetings and photo opportunity with Governor Asa Hutchinson.
You're The Cure advocates from across Arkansas joined a crowd of over 150 AHA supporters at the Arkansas State Capitol for the Go Red For Women Survivor Gallery Unveiling in the Capitol rotunda to celebrate featured survivors and recognize National Wear Red Day. During the unveiling, speakers included Representative Deborah Ferguson, Senator Missy Irvin and First Lady Susan Hutchinson.
One of the featured survivors, Adyson Coleman along with her family have been quite engaged with AHA advocacy efforts over the past year. In fact, AHA advocacy team members met the Coleman family at the unveiling last year.
Following lunch, advocates made their way to the House gallery where House Speaker Jeremy Gillam recognized the AHA from the floor and encouraged those in attendance to GO RED on National Wear Red Day. Next, advocates met outside the House chamber doors to talk with their respective legislators about stroke registry legislation.
To end the day, advocates met with Governor Asa Hutchinson in the Governor’s Conference Room and Dr. William Culp spoke to the Governor about the stroke registry. The National Wear Red Day proclamation was presented by Governor Hutchinson to the AHA and advocates had the opportunity to share their personal stories and passion for the mission of the AHA with the Governor.