Thursday, July 29, 2010

Meet Kenny Taylor

Kenny is an active You’re the Cure advocate in Austin, Texas. As a heart disease survivor and successful businessman in the community, he is committed to helping others make positive changes in their lives and speaking out on their behalf. Kenny first experienced heart disease in 2003 when he suffered his first pulmonary embolism in, and then most recently in 2008. The latest embolism was more advanced because it actually led to the enlarging of the heart. The first organization Kenny turned to was the American Heart Association. "You’re the Cure is a message that resonates loud and clear with me, it’s a constant reminder that I control my destiny regarding my health and well-being. As a result of the resources and confidence that the American Heart Association has instilled in me, there are many positive life changes I have made,” he said.

As a You’re the Cure advocate, Kenny has been involved in state and federal policy initiatives. He finds delivering public testimony the most fulfilling action to impact lawmakers. While the Texas Legislature was out of session last year, Kenny was able to provide written testimony to the House Education Committee in support of strengthening physical education standards in Texas. Kenny says, “being able to deliver our message in a variety of ways is helpful and rewarding to me as a volunteer.”

Kenny not only volunteers his time as an advocate, but also as a Power to End Stroke ambassador. In his role as an ambassador, Kenny proactively shares his story with others and strives to educate his audience on prevention of heart disease and stroke by highlighting resources available from the American Heart Association. This past year, Kenny had the opportunity to work with the Power to End Stroke Gospel Tour. AHA held auditions for the tour in each city, and the winner was allowed to open for Grammy award winning artist Kirk Franklin. Kenny tells us, “I had the pleasure of speaking at the auditions and sharing my story to all of the contestants – around 500. It was enjoyable to let the contestants know they were competing for more than just sharing the stage with Kirk; if they won they would be part of an event that would educate and improve thousands of lives."

What is the message Kenny wants to share with others? Getting involved is easy, convenient, and anyone can do it. Thank you, Kenny Taylor, for all you do as a volunteer for the American Heart Association!

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