Meet Gary Bulmer
This month, we are proud to feature Oklahoma advocate Gary Bulmer. Eleven months after marrying his wife Elaine, Gary suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at just 20 years old. Rather than let adversity get the best of him, Gary decided to devote his life to helping other stroke survivors, their spouses, family, and friends in their journey to recovery and understanding.
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Advocate Spotlight: Anoli Billy
Have you heard of the American Heart Association Sweetheart Program? This month we want to shine a light on a Sweetheart in Oklahoma that has been inspired to continue advocating for heart past her time in the program. Please meet young advocate, Anoli Billy.
Advocate Spotlight: Miss Bricktown's Outstanding Teen - Emily Faith
This month, we want to shine a light on one Oklahoma's amazing Advocates, Miss Bricktown's Teen, Emily Faith! She has a special place in her heart for the American Heart Association and would like to share with you a few of those reasons why.
Advocate Spotlight: Destiny Shelton
We are pleased to introduce to you our Advocate Spotlight for the month of December, Destiny Shelton from Wilburton, Oklahoma. Thank you Destiny for your passion and commitment to the mission of the American Heart Association.
Advocate Spotlight: Donna McDannold
The American Heart Association relies on our amazing advocates to help us in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This month, we would like to introduce you to one of those phenomenal You're the Cure Advocate, Donna McDannold.
Volunteer Spotlight: Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne
AHA Advocate and Miss Oklahoma, Triana Browne made the Sooner State proud on the Miss America Stage in Atlantic City earlier this month. We wanted to share her moving heart survivor story with you that was featured in the Huffington Post. We see amazing things in store for this young woman and we can't wait to see them unfold! Thank you for being a passionate volunteer for the American Heart Association in Oklahoma!
You're the Cure on the Hill 2017: An Oklahoma Perspective
At the end of June, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states, including Oklahoma, 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.