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Michelle Bianco, Volunteer-Advocate

I am proud to call myself a volunteer advocate for the American Heart Association for nearly ten years. My personal and professional experience with stroke and cardiac disease has sparked a passion in me to support the mission of the American Heart Association.  

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Cardiac disease resulted in both my father and my mother-in-law having open heart surgery in their early 50's due to complications from smoking and heart disease.  In addition, my father-in-law also had heart failure.  The American Heart Association supports education and policy change that can impact the health of our community by promoting change of modifiable risk factors that can reduce an individual’s risk of heart disease and stroke.  I want to be part of the solution to ensure education and access to policy change can impact the future of our community.

My professional experience as a Physical Therapist has afforded me the experience to care for those across the age spectrum.  I have witnessed the impact that stroke has on newborns through the elderly. Stroke not only impacts the patient, but their families and caregivers, as well.  The timing and specialty of stroke care is critically important to the outcome for the patient, and the American Heart Association focuses efforts on continually advancing and improving care for stroke patients. 

I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the American Heart Association volunteer-advocate team.  The resources the organization provides volunteers allow us to be one small part of the change that makes a big difference in the future care of our community.  

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