Best Wishes in Retirement, Julie!
After 31 years of service to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, it is bittersweet that we announce that Julie Brackett, Vice President of Advocacy for the Great Rivers Affiliate, retired on August 3rd.
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Charles Lynch, Ohio
As an attorney from Mansfield, Ohio, I have a busy practice and I am involved in a lot of activities and community events. I thought I was in good health until I had difficulty breathing during the winter of 2014-2015. One thing led to another and all of a sudden, I was diagnosed with a 90% blockage to the main artery of my heart. I was told that I was having open heart surgery the very next day. Needless to say, my wife, Cindy and I were in a state of shock.
Share Your Story: Jeff Embleton and Why Healthcare Matters!
"Access to affordable, accessible and adequate healthcare is important to me for a variety of reasons. On a personal level, as a heart attack survivor, I know firsthand how access can save your life. Without prompt treatment, I may not be here to share my experience and advocate for policy that protects patients first.
Meet Antrone "Juice" Moore
On September 26, 2012, Antrone suffered a massive brain hemorrhage stroke at the age of 37.
Christi Nelson, Ohio
I was 29 years old and completely healthy. October 18, 2006, was just like any other day at Akron Children’s Hospital where I was completing my internship to be a Child Life Specialist.
Gloria Hobbs, Ohio
For many years, Gloria Hobbs lived with her husband on the south side of Youngstown, where there was a grocery store a few blocks away. Unfortunately, the passing of Gloria’s husband and the economic downtown precipitated many changes in her life. She now lives in subsidized senior housing downtown and is no longer able to drive, which unfortunately means she no longer has convenient access to a grocery store.
Bill Forester, Ohio
Bill Forester recalls the moment he heard the doctors tell his family that he was gone. At 51-years-old, he was a college professor, realtor, director of labor and public speaker who led a healthy lifestyle. "I was a vegetarian, I ran and I never smoked," said Bill, which is why it was such a shock when he had a stroke that left him in a coma for three days.
Garry Beltz, Ohio
At 72 years young, Garry Beltz is no stranger to speaking up for causes he believes in. When he lost his wife to cancer, his world was changed forever. He turned his grief to advocacy, initially with the American Cancer Society and then, after becoming a heart disease survivor himself, to the American Heart Association. As a passionate voice for change, Garry has attended Congressional Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. 23 times, most recently this past May when he joined nearly 400 advocates from across the country for AHA's You're the Cure on the Hill.
Felicia Guerrero, Ohio
As an active You’re the Cure Advocate and Physician Outreach and Marketing Liaison for the University of Toledo, Felicia Guerrero is no stranger to speaking up for improved health for Ohio’s kids and communities. So, it was no surprise that Felicia jumped at the chance to deliver “lunch” (a lunch bag of puzzle pieces representing healthy school meals) to both U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur’s and U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s offices in support of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Tony Lindeman, Ohio
The morning of September 29, 2012, started like all my previous 16,911 days as I woke up before my alarm, jumped out of bed and was soon ready to take on the challenges of the day. My first challenge that day was completing my eighth marathon in Akron, Ohio. I was prepared to run the marathon after completing the same extensive marathon training I did each year since 2007.