You Are Our Why: Thank You!
You have been our inspiration and motivation in the fight for heart-healthy policy across the SouthWest Affiliate which includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado. While you may have joined the fight from your iPhone, computer, steps of the Capitol or Heart Walk, we are thankful for each and every one of you!
Ryley Williams - Heart of a Champion
“Life after stroke”, words that I never imagined I would ever speak, much less write about. Nevertheless, it has become my life as I am the parent of a pediatric stroke survivor. My son, Ryley, at the age of 15 suffered multiple strokes and it has changed the course of our lives.
Mom of Toddler Stays Calm, Saves Life with CPR
Most of us look forward to family get-togethers and celebrations, never thinking that the happiness of such good times could be stolen in an instant. But that’s what almost happened to Amy Steelman and her two-year-old, Hannah, at a birthday party for Amy’s grandmother in Norman, Oklahoma in August 2010.
Advocate spotlight: Kristine Brockhagen
This month, we are featuring a guest blog written by Kristine Brockhagen, a State Advocacy Committee member in Texas who has been volunteering with the American Heart Association since 1981! Here's her story in her own words:
When I was just 18 years old, my mother announced that she had signed up both me and my twin sister to learn CPR. She said it was an important skill to learn and it could possibly save someone someday. As I grew up, I continued to keep my CPR certification current each year. Little did I know that when I was 41 years old, I would use it on the love of my life.
Advocate Spotlight: Bethany Miller
This month we are thrilled to spotlight a passionate advocate at the American Heart Association, Bethany Miller. As a volunteer-driven organization, the American Heart Association would not be able to accomplish its goals, fulfill its mission and make a difference in the health of our community without amazing advocates like Bethany!
Do you have a story to share?
Thank you to everyone who filled out our 2017 End of Year survey! We were heartened to read your stories of perseverance and survival, and the advocate spotlight section of the newsletter is dedicated to telling your stories. Haven't shared your story yet? There's still time!
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My Crazy Aunt Dorthea
My Aunt Dorthea had her first stroke at the age of 42 in 1998. I was a junior in college and didn’t realize the severity of the situation nor the strength it was going to take her to survive and thrive, but that she did, and she continues to be one of the strongest women I know. Sunday, December 3rd was International Day of Persons with Disabilities and I wanted to celebrate the person she is today and talk about the disability, that while a part of who she is, does not define her.
Advocate Spotlight: Bernée Thurow
We are excited to shine a light on an American Heart Association advocate that has a real passion for the mission of our organization. We are pleased to introduce to you, Bernée Thurow.
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You're the Cure on the Hill 2017: A New Mexico Perspective
At the end of June, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states, including New Mexico, traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal research support and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The advocates urged their members of Congress to prioritize National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for heart and stroke research and to support bills that would expand access to stroke telemedicine (telestroke) and cardiac rehabilitation. They also encouraged their lawmakers to oppose the American Health Care Act or any Senate substitute that reduces access to affordable and adequate health care coverage.
Advocate Spotlight: Danila Crespin Zidovsky
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association and the work that we do. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change. We are pleased to spotlight a volunteer that has passion for the health of New Mexico's youngest hearts. Please meet Danila Crespin Zidovsky.