Paula Stanley, Georgia
I have worked as a nurse for 30 years. In June 2009, I experienced a heart attack.
Thankfully, I was at work in vascular surgery when this happened. A heart catheterization revealed that I have intramyocardial mid lad, meaning that my left anterior descending artery is imbedded into my heart instead of laying on the surface. The artery squeezed my heart, cutting off the oxygen flow to my heart, and caused me to have a heart attack.
Robin Kish, Smyrna
I jump for YOU! I am a PE teacher in Georgia and the school coordinator for Jump Rope for Heart, an American Heart Association school program. What started as a fun way to get my students engaged and moving, has now turned into the the heart of our school. My school has been a Jump Rope for Heart school for many years.
Tony Howard, Augusta
As a veteran, I used my musical strength and fortunate talent to pursue a music career. I opened for James Brown for 15 years, and also accompanied a Las Vegas show of dancers and cabaret song treatment by giving tribute to the Motown era. But the many years of exposure to second hand smoke in those venues took an irreversible toll on my health.
Alyson Whitaker, Locust Grove
Alyson is a student in Locust Grove, Georgia. She is a hometown hero to many people in the community.For several years, Alyson has participated in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart. Each year, she has won Jump Rope for Heart not only in her school but in Henry County. Alyson takes the American Heart Association very seriously.
Kimberly Goodloe, Atlanta
I am a survivor. I am a strong advocate for fighting heart disease. I am a proud committee member of the 2017-18 Georgia Advocacy Committee. In my free time, I thoroughly enjoy attending as many events as I can to share my story, as well as, heart healthy awareness and education.
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Carly Mathis, Miss Atlanta 2013
When people ask why I chose 'heart health' as my platform, I always respond by saying that, "it chose me." The summer after my high school graduation I lost my grandfather to heart disease. He was one of the most inspiring and influential people in my life. He spent the last ten years of his life unable to speak because of a stroke. However, this handicap never stopped him from being an incredible grandfather to my brother and me. He loved us more than anything in the entire world. He taught me to always be strong no matter what life throws at you. He passed away in the summer of 2009.
Dr. Brian Kornblatt, Savannah
We're pleased to introduce you to Dr. Brian Kornblatt of Savannah, who is serving his first year on the American Heart Association's Georgia Advocacy Committee. As a board certified emergency medicine physician, Dr. Kornblatt brings a high level of professional expertise to our policy work.
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Lisa Wilson, Savannah
My name is Lisa Wilson, and I am a member of the American Heart Association's 2017-18 Georgia State Advocacy Committee. My family and I currently reside in Savannah, Georgia.
Four years ago my life changed forever on January 17, 2013. I was getting ready for work. The news was on and I turned just as a story aired about a young man who had been killed in an accident. I stood horrified, watching as the young man’s blanket-covered body was shown laying in a ditch. I remember wondering what reporter would show this, knowing that somewhere a mama could be watching the body of her baby being flashed across the screen. I turned off the television and started praying. I prayed for this young man I had never known. I prayed for his family and friends, and I kept going back to prayers for his mama. My heart ached for a family I had never met.
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Elaine Franklin, Atlanta
In December 2010 during my annual physical at Emory Executive Health, I was told all tests were excellent - no problems and taking no medications. Six weeks later, on February 6, 2011, my husband heard me call for him and I explained my vision had suddenly changed to wavy lines. Within five minutes my speech became slow, reaction to questions delayed, and I fell asleep. He called 9-1-1. The dispatcher guided him as she suspected that I was having a stroke and sent an ambulance. My husband, grown children and four close friends gathered with the hospital chaplain to hope and pray.
Dr. Tara Underwood, Columbus
Our 2017 Georgia Advocacy Committee is composed of eight 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 our vice chair of the committee, Tara Underwood of Columbus.
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