The Power of the Patient’s Voice - Elaine Grossaint
Last fall I was given the honor of attending the Rally for Medical Research in Washington DC by the American Heart Association. It was the 5th year that the Rally for Medical Research has taken place, bringing experts from over 300 different health associations together from across the country.
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Advocate Spotlight: Stacy Johnson
I often tell people that my father died of smoking.
My Advocacy Involvement
As a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, I have learned that the best way to highlight the healthcare disparities that affect our communities of color is to get involved in advocacy.
Advocate Spotlight: Melanie Baldwin
On June 15, 2013, I suffered a Cardiac Arrest while helping my husband hang a picture. I turned blue and collapsed right next to my husband who immediately took action and performed Hands Only CPR while on the phone with 911. He took a few seconds to grab his phone and unlock the front door and then he performed CPR until the paramedics arrived.
Advocate Highlight - Sheila Callahan
In 1995, Sheila Callahan was invited to the Heart Walk in Missoula, Montana, by her close friend and Heart Walk chairperson Kimberly Roth (pictured left to right). It was the first time the signature American Heart Association event took place in Missoula, prompting Sheila to ask what a Heart Walk was. “Your next pet project,” Kimberly replied.
Sarah White and Meg McGowan
In 2003, while working two jobs in Boston with plans to pursue a graduate degree in psychology, Williams College and Punahou School graduate Sarah White suffered a bleeding stroke brought on by a condition she didn't even know she had–arteriovenous malformation, a congenital condition resulting in a tangle of blood vessels. During emergency surgery part of her cranium was removed to reduce the swelling in her brain, and she spent five weeks in I.C.U. Sarah survived, but was left with no feeling to her right side, and her speech had been effected. She then faced the arduous journey to recovery.
Meet Nancy Lee
Nĭ Hăo! I am Nancy Lee, an AHA supporter since the 1990’s and former VP of an International Bank. People often asked me, ‘why do you volunteer, why AHA?’ Well, I choose to give over receive. Everyone needs a healthy heart and AHA’s mission is to offer just that - “a life free of cardiovascular diseases & stroke” but another reason is the amazing people I’ve met.
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.
Advocate Highlight - Turner Prewitt
Turner Prewitt was given the “gift of life” when he received his new heart in August of 2008. His firsthand experience with heart disease has led Turner to become a dedicated volunteer with the American Heart Association.
Advocate Spotlight: Cindy Peterman
After 35 years of smoking, bouts with bronchitis and increasing prices, Cindy Peterman decided it was time to quit and she credits the recent price increase for tobacco products in Nevada with helping her.