Tuesday, April 29, 2008
On a personal note, this is my 5th visit to DC for the AHA's lobby day and it is always a humbling event. As a staff member, it is easy to get caught up in operations or day-to-day tasks and forget why we do what we do. I am always inspired by volunteer advocates who make it a priority to spend time with us. And, I am always ready to tackle on more when we leave.
Stay tuned for more from those of us in the SCA! Thank you so much for being part of what we do and don’t forget to take pictures of your sneakers if you’re not in DC.
You’re the Cure,
Terri R. Broussard
Vice President, South Central Affiliate
Lobby Day has been eventful.
Check out some of this year’s attendees.
American Heart Association American Stroke Association
South Central Affiliate
Do you know someone affected by heart disease or stroke?
May is STROKE AWARENESS MONTH! Know the
"Give Me 5" stroke check because time lost is brain lost:
WALK (Is their balance off?)
TALK (Is their speech slurred or face droopy?)
REACH (Is one side weak or numb?)
SEE (Is their vision all or partly lost?)
FEEL (Is their headache severe?)
P Only print this email if you absolutely have to.
Monday, April 28, 2008
After 7 years I appear to be free of symptoms, but appearances can be deceiving, and frustrating. Memory deficits, difficulties with multi-tasking, and follow-through, as well as treatment resistant depression, have left me unable to continue with my profession as a nursing home social worker. Yet, I feel lucky to be alive and recently celebrated my oldest daughter's wedding.
I recently started volunteering with the Capitol Region AHA in PA and raised close to $3500 in my first Heart/Stroke walk in October, 2007 with the assistance of my team "Annie's Striker's Against Stroke". I also had the privilege of serving on the committee of the Heart/Stoke Ball in February, and lobbying PA legislators in March.
I will continue to lobby for increased funding for the Prevention and Cure of stroke and heart related diseases. My hope is that future generations can lead long, productive lives without the prospect of an early "retirement" due to a disability similar to mine.
Michelle Ballasiotes, IL
Age 10, stroke before birth
Survivor, Grace Brown from Antelope, CA
Director, State Health Alliances-RI
See everyone at Capital Hill!!
Friday, April 25, 2008
The Delaware delegation of You’re the Cure advocates is very excited about informing our Congressional Delegation on the importance of physical education and activity for Delaware students, funding for state prevention programs and federal research support, and the need to focus attention in this state, and the entire country on the nation’s number one killer, heart disease. We’re bringing a group of both seasoned and new advocates, each with their own story and reason for having a passion for the AHA’s mission. None of us are physicians (at least not currently in active practice), but we can and will be curing people across American on Tuesday, April 29th as we spread our message in the halls of Washington.
CT Delegation in Washington, DC!
April is my favorite month of the year for many reasons. The weather is beautiful, my birthday is the 8th and I get to go to Washington, D.C. By far, the AHA's Annual Lobby Day is my favorite legislative activity for the year !
I get to see old friends and spend quality time with the You're the Cure volunteers from CT. It's not just about our Hill meetings that makes this event so special to me but also the conversations we share with one another walking from meeting to meeting. Lobby Day tends to be a jam packed event, a marathon cardiovascular endurance test (we tend to walk a bit!) but it is the most meaningful day for me out of the year. When it's done not only have we made a difference on the Hill but in our own lives.
I'll see you all in DC. Safe travels.
Senior Director of Advocacy
Founder's Affiliate, serving Connecticut
Thursday, April 24, 2008
See you all there!
~Amanda Ptashkin, Grassroots Director PA/DE
North Carolina You’re the Cure advocates are excited about our upcoming trip to Washington, DC and are looking forward to seeing everyone at lobby day. Together we are going to make a difference and help build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Director of Government Relations
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I'd encourage you to write a message on our first ever You're the Cure blog and share your thoughts on how it's going in Washington DC. It's that simple, type a message to your fellow advocates and let them know how your day is going. I'll be doing the same during our time together and ask you to join me in spreading the You're the Cure message. Have a great time, stay dry, rest, learn, and most of all enjoy your time with volunteers from across the country. All the best – Clarissa García (AHA Staff)