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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Eric Douglas, West Virginia
If anyone should have known the signs and symptoms of heart disease and heart attack, it was Eric Douglas. A former CPR trainer, EMT and scuba instructor who has trained more than 1,000 people to perform CPR, he still denied he was having problems. He wrote it off as “heart burn," and convinced himself he had just gotten in really bad shape.
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Michael Angelucci, West Virginia
Michael Angelucci has been a dedicated advocacy champion for heart-health policy in West Virginia for many years. As a You're the Cure advocate, AHA Advocacy Committee Chair and Marion County EMT, he helped spearhead our efforts to pass CPR in Schools legislation in 2015.
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Braelynn Neely, West Virginia
Braelynn Neely is a 2016 graduate of Clay-Battelle High School in Blacksville, WV, and a congenital heart defect survivor.
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The Corbin Story
It all started with a blog. My son Corbin was in the hospital for heart surgery; he was only 9 days old for his first procedure.
Annette Santilli, West Virginia
Annette Santilli is certainly a hero in our eyes. In just two short years as a You’re the Cure advocate, she has taken more than one hundred online and offline actions to far surpass even the highest You’re the Cure rank of "Hero."
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Lisa Hamrick, West Virginia
I remember riding with my parents and sisters in our station wagon as we made our way to my grandparents' house in Euclid, Ohio. I was going to be entering the Cleveland Clinic in a few days for heart surgery.
Cinny Kittle, West Virginia
To our You're the Cure advocates, August means Congressional Recess and an opportunity to meet with lawmakers face-to-face. In West Virginia, that often means Cinny Kittle (far right) will be busier than usual speaking out for improved health.
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Bruce Adkins, West Virginia
OK… I had lost 30 pounds, was walking, exercising daily, and was getting fitter… I had even just been to Alaska and done a mountain hike the week prior, and attended a Cincinnati Reds game with my family (and walked several miles just 3 days before on my 59th birthday)!!