Welcome to the The WSA Exchange, for healthy hearts and minds. Kathy Rogers, American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Executive Vice President will share stories from across the affiliate.
I am once again in awe and inspired by our friends at Union Bank.
This generous and enthusiastic group has once again been named the No. 1 National Heart Walk Team in the nation. Not just in California, Oregon and Washington – not just in the Western States Affiliate – the NATION. This is the fourth time the bank has earned this distinction.
Over the last eight years, Union Bank has donated more than $7 million in support of the AHA. This year they collectively raised more than $644,000 during the 2014 Heart & Stroke Walk campaign.
Team Union Bank included an estimated 10,000 people, with nearly 4,500 bank employees, their friends and families, and customers who participated in a number of our Heart and Stroke Walks. Support has also expanded to grassroots community outreach, with the bank hosting health and wellness expos in select locations throughout their footprint.
A heartfelt thank you to this one-of-a-kind sponsor and supporter. Your commitment to the health and wellness of your communities is unmatched!
One of our employees may be among the first to benefit from a 3-D printed heart.
You may recall a December blog post written by our own Kami Sutton. Now, her story has been featured on ABC News. Along with her care team at the UW Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, she’s hopeful a 3-D printed heart could improve her chances at successful surgery.
Kami, 26, has an unusually-shaped heart that makes surgery difficult. She was born with her heart on the right side of her body – unconnected to her lungs – and her chambers were reversed. Nineteen surgeries and a pacemaker have helped to keep her alive, but she needs additional surgeries for which a 3-D heart model may assist surgeons in planning. Kami anticipates surgery sometime this year, and we wish her all the very best.
For the past quarter of a century, Dr. Fauvre and his Volunteer Committee have raised nearly $400,000 for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association! We celebrate his support and unwavering commitment to our mission in Ventura County.
The community recently celebrated the 25th Annual Ojai Heart & Sole Race, a 5K and 10K race through beautiful Ojai. This year’s event was a huge success despite the rainy weather, hosting some 150 participants. Runners and walkers of all ages participate in this event every February, from five year olds in the “Kids Fun Run,” to the oldest participant, David Kille age 92, running the 10K!
The American Heart Association recently created a buzz at the Idaho State Capitol with the 5th Annual Youth Lobby Day. The special day brings together student advocates with Legislators to discuss what can be done at the local level to improve heart health, and explore how we can work with younger audiences to focus on prevention efforts.
With approximately 40 students and volunteers, youth advocates were able to meet with over 25 Legislators at the Capitol, focusing on physical education standards and requirements in school, as well as introducing Legislators to new ideas regarding nutrition and Smart Snacks in schools. During a breakfast reception student lobbyists taught Legislators, Capitol staff and visitors easy physical activities they could do throughout the day to help improve their own heart health, as well as teaching them Hands-Only CPR.
The students were also given recognition on the floor of the Idaho House of Representatives, for their commitment to the American Heart Association and dedication to improving health and reducing risk of heart disease and stroke. Youth advocates were able to have great discussions with many Legislators and helped build support for AHA priorities in Idaho. The students were well received and provided insight to many Legislators new to the Capitol as well. Thanks to this amazing group of students and fantastic volunteers!