Advocate Spotlight: Willow Peterson
Tobacco prevention and education work has been a significant focus point in my life for the past eight years. Some of my close family members and friends became addicted to nicotine at a very young age. Seeing them cough until vomiting, having trouble breathing, and using any means to feed their addiction had a powerful impact on me. It hurt me to see them abuse an addictive product that would negatively impact their physical and mental health. As a result, in 8th grade, I joined my local tobacco prevention club, React. When I started high school I saw my classmates begin to use tobacco products and that lead me to become a passionate health advocate.
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Volunteer Spotlight – Meghan Grady
Have you heard of the Jump Rope For Heart Program? This month we wanted to thank a local teacher who has helped organize the program at her school for the last 5 years. Meghan shares what she likes about the program and why she continues to do it with students year after year.
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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.
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Advocate Spotlight - TJ Haynes
For TJ Haynes it was a matter of time. TJ recently threw out the first pitch at a Mustangs game in Dehler Park to promote the AHA’s Raise the Roof in Red campaign just after suffering a heart attack.