This year, we're excited to recognize Grace Firestone as our American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 2017 Survivor-Advocate of the Year.
Just two days after speaking at her high school graduation, and in peak health with hopes of playing collegiate soccer that fall, Grace suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at home. Thankfully, her brother, Grant, performed CPR until emergency responders arrived. Since then, Grace has stepped into the state and national spotlight on many occasions to raise awareness that heart and stroke issues affect people of any age.
By sharing her story of survival, Grace worked with AHA in 2014 to convince Delaware legislators that teaching every student Hands Only CPR was not only possible, but necessary. Grace is why more Delawareans will survive a sudden cardiac arrest in the years to come.
Even given her busy schedule as a medical student at Thomas Jefferson University, Grace serves on the Delaware Advocacy Committee, has recently made time to write a guest Research!America blog post, record a Heart of My State video and spent the day with her new member of Congress on Capitol Hill.
We're proud to count Grace as one of our many dedicated advocates across the country who are making a difference each day!