Lori’s path to becoming an American Heart Association volunteer isn’t your typical story. Her desire to join stems from a deeper desire within her, to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Lori has a long history of volunteerism. When approached about joining the AHA Connecticut & Western Massachusetts Board, she knew it was a good fit for her and would help to facilitate her desire to share a message of love.
The first thing she did to share her message was to paint, and without prior experience, she began to create art through her paintings to capture that message of love. She hopes that through her work on the Board advocating for healthy eating and healthy lifestyles that people will begin to take care of their hearts, and because of that, will connect. Knowing on a deeper level that it is the beautiful, mysterious heart that connects people, she would like her tenure with the AHA to be just that – a conduit to connect people’s hearts.
In order to better communicate the AHA advocacy message at the state Capitol, Lori also keeps her state Senator Steve Cassano up to date on all of our advocacy issues. Being his constituent, and having known him for many years through her nonprofit experience, she knows that he is a humanitarian, and supports programs that help people. “Because Senator Cassano has a heart of gold, I believe he will do what he can to assist us in our advocacy efforts.”
One of Lori’s favorite quotes is, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart,” by Hellen Keller. That is what drives Lori to continue to advocate on behalf of the AHA – keeping hearts healthy so that love can grow.