Rhode Islanders Go To Washington
We want to express our sincere thanks to advocates Miriam Plitt, Lisa Deck and Andy DeLoreto for representing Rhode Island at the 2017 Heart on the Hill event in Washington, DC!
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Advocate Story: Andrea Witte
My name is Andrea Witte and I’m 20 years old and a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying biology on the pre-medical track. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska to two healthy wonderful parents Mary and John. Since birth, my parents and both my maternal and paternal Grandmother thought something wasn’t quite right. Both grandmothers commented on how I was “very tall and floppy.” At their urging, my parents took me from doctor to doctor, who all said “you have a very tall baby, but she is just fine.” That was until I was 18 months old when my Grandmother read an article on Marfan Syndrome while visiting Stanford Hospital and Clinics and sent the article to my parents. She urged us to ask the doctors to rule out Marfan Syndrome even though all the dominant features of Marfan fit. After a battery of tests in Anchorage in 1998, including an eye exam and an echocardiogram, I was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome.
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Vote YES for the Charlotte Transportation Bond!
On Election Day, it is easy to ignore the questions at the bottom of your ballot.
Advocate Spotlight: Kirk Disrude
At 38 years old my wife was 20 weeks pregnant with our first son when she saved my life by reacting FAST. I had a ischemic stroke that turned my day to day functioning upside down.