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Garry Beltz, Ohio

At 72 years young, Garry Beltz is no stranger to speaking up for causes he believes in. When he lost his wife to cancer, his world was changed forever. He turned his grief to advocacy, initially with the American Cancer Society and then, after becoming a heart disease survivor himself, to the American Heart Association. As a passionate voice for change, Garry has attended Congressional Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. 23 times, most recently this past May when he joined nearly 400 advocates from across the country for AHA's You're the Cure on the Hill.

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Garry's passion for change extends beyond meeting with lawmakers. When he's not taking time out of his busy schedule visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill and at the Statehouse in Columbus, he volunteers at his local HeartWalks and serves as an AHA Canton Board member. 

Garry believes, "Advocacy is a very valuable thing one can do. It is a platform to speak your truth and it's very satisfying to have such opportunities." His feels his successes show how well advocacy can work and he's proud to support the AHA mission.

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