Advocate Spotlight: Taryn Bewley
My advocacy journey with the American Heart Association began five years ago. At the age of sixteen, I joined the AHA Grassroots Action Team in Arkansas knowing I wanted to advocate for heart health in my state and for my family. As an avid runner, both on the Ouachita Baptist University Cross Country team and in half marathons with my dad, I’m constantly working to improve my own heart health through physical fitness but knew becoming an advocate with the AHA was a way to make a difference through the public policy process.
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Meet Dra Bishop, One of Arkansas' Youngest Heart Hero Stroke Survivors!
The threat of a stroke isn’t on the minds of most 16-year-olds, but then again, Dra Bishop wasn’t most 16-year-olds. A star basketball player at Bentonville High School, Dra was more physically fit and healthy than most of his classmates. But on the morning of May 26th, 2018, Dra felt sluggish and weak.
Ryley Williams - Heart of a Champion
“Life after stroke”, words that I never imagined I would ever speak, much less write about. Nevertheless, it has become my life as I am the parent of a pediatric stroke survivor. My son, Ryley, at the age of 15 suffered multiple strokes and it has changed the course of our lives.
Volunteer Spotlight: My Time as an AHA Intern
For the past two months I’ve been an intern and volunteer at the American Heart Association for their advocacy department. During my time here, I’ve had a lot of great life changing experiences. I have also had the privilege to help with a few events as well.
Teens Advocating 4 Heart! #Fabulous
Recently, a group of teenagers sat down with our AHA Advocacy Team to talk Heart! We would like to shine a light on this fabulous group of young women and thank them for brainstorming with us!
Advocate Spotlight: Bethany Miller
This month we are thrilled to spotlight a passionate advocate at the American Heart Association, Bethany Miller. As a volunteer-driven organization, the American Heart Association would not be able to accomplish its goals, fulfill its mission and make a difference in the health of our community without amazing advocates like Bethany!
My Crazy Aunt Dorthea
My Aunt Dorthea had her first stroke at the age of 42 in 1998. I was a junior in college and didn’t realize the severity of the situation nor the strength it was going to take her to survive and thrive, but that she did, and she continues to be one of the strongest women I know. Sunday, December 3rd was International Day of Persons with Disabilities and I wanted to celebrate the person she is today and talk about the disability, that while a part of who she is, does not define her.
Advocate Spotlight: Bernée Thurow
We are excited to shine a light on an American Heart Association advocate that has a real passion for the mission of our organization. We are pleased to introduce to you, Bernée Thurow.
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You're the Cure on the Hill 2017: An Arkansas Perspective
At the end of June, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states, including Arkansas, traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal research support and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The advocates urged their members of Congress to prioritize National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for heart and stroke research and to support bills that would expand access to stroke telemedicine (telestroke) and cardiac rehabilitation. They also encouraged their lawmakers to oppose the American Health Care Act or any Senate substitute that reduces access to affordable and adequate health care coverage.
Advocate Spotlight: Lindsey Wright, An Advocate with Fire in Her Heart!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association and the work that we do. 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 a volunteer that has fire in her heart for the mission of the AHA. Please meet Lindsey Wright, Mrs. Arkansas International 2017.