Richard Veilleux, Maine


In March 1980 I was expecting a visit from my Mom and Dad.  Instead, I got a phone call from my brother telling me that my Dad had suffered a heart attack.  That was the first of several cardiac problems my father has lived through.  Now, 32 years later, he is still going strong, still able to do the gardening and woodworking that he enjoys.  I know the work of the American Heart Association has contributed to his survival and his excellent quality of life.  That’s one reason I volunteer for the AHA and am proud to be a You’re the Cure advocate.

I have witnessed the outstanding work the AHA has done to make Maine a healthier place to live.  The AHA has helped create smoke-free environments, reduce smoking among our children and helped smokers become tobacco-free.  Through education programs and changes in school policy the AHA is helping our kids grow up healthier, be more physically active and make better food choices.

The AHA is helping to improve the health of our communities, our family, friends, our colleagues … and many of us.

That’s why I volunteer my resources, my time and my energy to support the AHA here in Maine. 

Richard Veilleux

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