Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona
Each November, I think about the things that I am thankful for, both at work and at home. At home, I am thankful for my husband and children. I am thankful that my son, a child living with congenital heart disease, is healthy and active and happy. At work, I am thankful for the volunteers and staff that I get to work with. It starts with giving thanks to the veterans that have fought, and sometimes died, for this country and continues through Thanksgiving. Every day, I am reminded that I have many reasons to be thankful, especially, the dedication to the mission by our amazing volunteers.
There are so many examples of the amazing work that our volunteers do. From assisting organization and planning our annual events like the Tucson and Phoenix Heart Walks and the Heart Ball, to tirelessly working supporting our CPR in Schools initiative, to joining us at the Capitol to support our advocacy efforts.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We owe a great deal of our success to you. When things get difficult and it feels like the glass is empty, all I have to do is think about how dedicated our volunteers are to our mission and I am immediately energized to keep up the fight.
Heart Disease and stroke have impacted our lives in very serious ways, and we need to continue this fight together! So, for me…Volunteers are Why.
One last time, thank you for all you do!