Please meet Jessica Westerman, an amazing American Heart Association advocate that commits time and passion to support the Advocacy Team in our Little Rock, Arkansas office. Most recently as a resident of Bryant, Jessica has been helping on our Smoke-Free Bryant campaign.
Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music
Hobbies: Spending time with family & friends, traveling, watching & attending Razorback football games
Kids: Addison (daughter-8 )and Mackenzie (daughter-4)
Pets: Mollie (Maltipoo) and Lindsay (Pekingese pug mix)
Two celebrities I’d like to have dinner with: Julie Andrews & Kenny Chesney
Why is advocating with the AHA important to you?
”Advocating with the American Heart Association is very important to me, because heart disease and stroke have affected my family. My mom had a stroke in 2009 and thankfully fully recovered. My maternal grandmother died after having a stroke and my maternal grandfather had heart disease for 35+ years before he passed away.
Another reason I’m so passionate about volunteering with AHA is that I was born with a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. Tetralogy of Fallot consists of four abnormalities of the heart; such as a hole in the septum, narrowing of the pulmonary valve, a thick right ventricle and an overriding aorta. I had surgery to correct these abnormalities at birth and 1 year old. I am blessed to be healthy today and haven’t had a valve replacement yet.
I used to be self-conscious about my scar from my open heart surgeries. But, I learned over the years to be proud of that scar. It shows that I am a survivor and it gives me the opportunity to tell my story and bring about awareness of Tetralogy of Fallot. I love volunteering with the American Heart Association and feel like I’m helping make a difference to bring about awareness of heart disease and stroke.”