Crystal Collins Spencer, Esq., Pensacola
I became a volunteer for the American Heart Association in the fall of 2000, when my husband and I agreed to chair the Northwest Florida Heart Ball.
I am an attorney and have been practicing law for more than 32 years. My dad was an attorney and my mom was his office manager, paralegal, and secretary.
Sylkia Martinez, Florida
Imagine you are in the middle of class at school and someone collapses. Would you know what to do? What would you do? Are you and your child’s school prepared to help save that person’s life? Or do you think that you will never face a situation like this?
Rev. Charles R. Jackson, Orlando
Our 2017-18 Florida Advocacy Committee is composed of individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some of our members. Today, we'd like you to meet Rev. Charles R. Jackson of Orlando.
Joslin Bellamy, Tallahassee
Joslin Bellamy is a longtime Tallahassee community advocate and volunteer. She has been on the forefront on many health and social equality issues, volunteering for such organizations as the: Orange Avenue United Tenants Association (Active Board Member and Vice President), Grace Mission Outreach Ministry (Community Mentor), Lawerence Gregory Community Center, Capital Area Community Action Agency (Head Start Program), Second Harvest (Resident Garden Advocate), and the FAMU Institute of Public Health.
Danielle A. Cohen, Esq., Coral Gables
Our 2017-18 Florida Advocacy Committee is composed of individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some of our members. Today, we'd like you to meet Danielle Cohen, Esq. of Coral Gables.
Mike Clelland, Winter Park
Our 2017-18 Florida Advocacy Committee is composed of individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some of our members. Today, we'd like you to meet Mike Clelland of Winter Park, who is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Candida Akins, Madison
I gave birth at 32 weeks to two beautiful babies on July 3, 2005. Shortly after giving birth, I became very ill. I stayed in the hospital for seven days with a high fever and high blood pressure, drenched with sweat. The doctors tested me for everything because they did not know what could possibly be wrong; they even thought I had hepatitis at one point because ALL of my blood work was abnormal.
LaTonja "Toni" Richardson, Jacksonville
We're excited that LaTonja "Toni" Richardson, of Jacksonville, has agreed to serve as Chair of our 2017-18 Florida Advocacy Committee. Toni is a proud mother, Service Advocate at Florida Blue, and dedicated You're the Cure advocate.
Mugtalk Mondays: Roderick Harvey
When meeting American Heart Association volunteers and advocates, it is not surprising to meet nurses, cardiologists, neurologists and researchers. You may, however, be surprised to find a Certified Public Accountant who gives hours supporting and aiding in the passage of state and local policies that impact heart health. But that’s just what you’ll find in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Kimby Jagnandan, Florida
On June 17, 2014, while recovering from emergency gall bladder surgery in the hospital, I awoke from the anesthesia to the most excruciating pain that I had ever felt in both of my upper arms. They felt like they were encircled in fire. I immediately began yelling for help. I was so scared. I knew something was dreadfully wrong.