Advocate Spotlight: Shuron Abdullah
Advocates who have seen firsthand the impacts of heart health play a key role in demonstrating the impacts of policies which support longer, healthier lives.
Advocate Spotlight: Noah Rich
Youth advocates play a key role in advocacy. Noah Rich, an advocate and senior at Towson High School, has been a You’re the Cure advocate for three years, working on state issues, attending Federal Lobby Day with his friends, and speaking up about tobacco issues that were important to him. Noah has learned the power of stories. “When I first went to testify on Tobacco 21 legislation with a few other high schoolers 3 years ago, one piece of advice we got was to really use our stories: statistics and data are concrete, but stories and anecdotes are what make those facts matter.”
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Dave McKissock, Superstar Advocate
Survivor & volunteer extraordinaire Dave McKissock’s story is one that is truly remarkable and has resulted in his passion for advocacy.
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Being a healthy living advocate wasn’t always the plan for Prince George’s County resident and You’re the Cure advocate Dionne Bush. But when she was in her mid-20’s and feeling the stress of being a single mother, she decided she needed to change her lifestyle choices. She became involved in personal training, group exercise classes, and started to eat healthier. Now 50-years-young, Dionne is a health, safety, and wellness educator who is committed to teaching others about corrective exercises, healthy eating choices, and how to recognize the signs of heart attack, stroke, and anaphylactic shock. She has also raised her now 23-year-old son to advocate healthy living.
A hereditary blood condition called Amyloidosis broke my heart. This is a disease that will eventually attack and destroy all your organs, and it got my heart and liver before the miracles of modern medicine turned my life around.
No one in Prince George’s County Maryland is more passionate about heart health than Gail Harris-Berry. Since becoming a You’re the Cure advocate in 2012, Gail has worked hard to keep her friends, family, and community informed on how to live a heart healthy life.
Jennifer & Joel Griffin
On June 8, 2012, Gwyneth Griffin, a 7th grader at A. G. Wright Middle School, collapsed in cardiac arrest. Several critical minutes passed before her father, Joel, reached her. CPR had not been initiated.
Eating healthy foods sounds like something people should just be able to choose, but where I grew up in rural Virginia, that was not the case.