Last month, hundreds of You’re the Cure advocates from across the country converged on Capitol Hill urging their lawmakers to "step up to the plate" for heart health. We're excited that 43 of these passionate volunteers, survivors and researchers were there representing the Great Rivers Affiliate states of Delaware, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Two longtime GRA volunteers were among four recognized nationally on Monday at the You're the Cure Heroes luncheon in Washington, D.C. From Pennsylvania, Theresa Conejo, RN, received the You're the Cure Volunteer Advocate Award for her relentless activities in support of AHA priorities at the local, state, and federal levels. Theresa is a GRA board member, a former national Advocacy Advisory Committee member, and was recently named as a Stroke Fellow. Her work has also included outreach to priority populations: Access the 2015 Volunteer Advocate Award video here.
From Ohio, Jim Bischoff was presented with the You're the Cure Survivor Advocate Award. As a former affiliate board chair and current national and affiliate committee member, Jim brings his years as a former school superintendent and heart survivor to his impassioned arguments in favor of AHA's public policy priorities. Access the 2015 Survivor-Advocate of the Year video here.
We've made a huge impact, but we need to keep it up. It’s not too late to take action to support healthy school meals and medical research funding. Ask your lawmaker to stand up for heart health!