Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change. We are pleased to spotlight Silvia Gutierrez-Raghunath as this month's volunteer extraordinaire. Her passion and enthusiasm shine bright! Read below to learn more about Silvia and her why:
Name: Silvia Gutierrez-Raghunath
Occupation: Researcher II/Promotora de Salud
How long have you been volunteering with the American Heart Association?
Why do you advocate to build healthier lives and communities, free of heart disease and stroke?
Because I have a child and he is my motivation, and I want to see my grandchild living free of heart disease and stroke. Because my mother died of heart disease and my father had 4 heart attacks, because I care about my community.
What are your passions and your interests in life?
I'm passionate about making a difference and helping others. I lost my father and my mother and ever since then, I have spent time volunteering to educate others (family and community) about how we can prevent heart disease. I also love getting to know patients and survivors on a personal level. I put my heart, mind and soul into even in my smallest acts. This is my real passion!
What is your all-time favorite thing to do on your time off?
I love spending quality time with my 9 year-old-son Diego and my husband Ramesh