On Monday, Oct. 1, staff, volunteers and advocates for the American Heart Association gathered at the Hilton in Harrisburg to celebrate a year of great achievements and recognize outstanding volunteers and advocates at the 2012 You’re the Cure Awards and Appreciation Luncheon. Julie Brackett, Vice President of Advocacy, and Michelle Bolles, Senior Vice President of Health Strategies, welcomed the attendees and provided an overview of several key accomplishments in Pennsylvania including changes to the Good Samaritan law and recognition of Primary Stroke Centers.
Jen Ebersole, Pennsylvania Government Relations Director, presented awards to two legislators whose support was critical in advancing important legislative priorities. Sen. Lisa Baker was presented with the 2012 Legislator of the Year Award in Cardiac Policy for her sponsorship of Senate Bill 351. Judge Doug Reichley was presented with the 2012 Legislator of the Year Award in Stroke Policy for introducing House Bill 1400.
Theresa Conejo, RN, a member of the National Advocacy Coordinating Council, presented awards to two volunteer advocates who have exemplified the American Heart Association’s mission in action. Taylor Heath of Mohrsville, Berks County, was presented with the 2012 Young Heart Award. Gene Julliet of Schwenksville, Montgomery County, was presented with the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award.