Advocate Spotlight: Matt Zimmerman
My name is Matt Zimmerman and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). I am proud and honored to be an AHA volunteer and advocate for the AHA mission.
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Advocate Spotlight: Lisa Culbertson
More than 326,000 people in the United States suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually. If more people knew CPR, more lives would be saved. I am one of a few people who has performed CPR, has received CPR, and even more rare, married my lifesaver!
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Advocate Spotlight: Corrie Kielty
Being a mom and now a grandmother, involves much more than day to day mom duties. It means doing everything I can to make Nebraska, my lifelong home, a better place for children. Hopefully I’ve modeled Mahatma Gandhi’s profound advice to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
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Advocate Spotlight: Laura Sypal
Meet Laura Sypal, volunteer advocate for healthy living. Laura traveled to Washington, D.C., last year to advocate for improved nutritional standards for school meals. Laura joined with other advocates from Nebraska to visit with our Congressional delegation about the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, especially as it relates to cardiovascular health.
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Advocate Spotlight: Athena Ramos
Athena Ramos considers herself to be very lucky to have a healthy heart. Others in her family are not so fortunate. Since heart disease runs in her family, Athena has taken on a volunteer role as a champion for cardiovascular research and living a healthy lifestyle Because of her family history, Athena knows the effects that heart disease can have on families and communities.
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Advocate Spotlight: Dayna Krannawitter
I have seen the difference advocacy makes and I strongly support the efforts of the American Heart Association to make our great state an even healthier place to live. It is wonderful to be able to eat at a smoke-free restaurant and to know that all newborns will be screened for critical congenital heart defects. These types of efforts - these types of policies - save lives.
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My Story: Melinda Kentfield
Melinda Kentfield honors her son Taylor by advocating for CPR education in our schools. Taylor lost his life to sudden cardiac arrest. We are inspired by Melinda's courage to share her family's tragedy in order to help others.
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My Story: Brittany Cvitak
Meet survivor, Brittany Cvitak. Brittany knows first-hand why being an advocate for the American Heart Association is so important - and can have an impact on saving lives. At 21 years old, Brittany is a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) and stroke survivor. Brittany uses her voice to help make change for others.
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My Story - Kelsey Neal
I had a cardiac arrest when I was 13 years old. My parents found me on the floor in my bedroom. At the time they did not know what happened, but they noticed that I wasn't breathing.
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My Story: Ginny Curley
At 6am on Monday, July 12, 2010, my husband awoke to hear me gasping for breath. When he tried to wake me, I stopped breathing. As a healthy 42 year-old, I never expected he would have to save my life.
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