Monthly Archives: June 2014


WSA volunteers honored with National awards

I was thrilled to be able to attend an award presentation at our National Center in Dallas last week where two special Western States Affiliate volunteers were honored for their work with the association. Ronald Krauss, M.D., was presented with the Award of Meritorious Achievement. This prestigious award recognizes significant accomplishments or projects that affect the association at a national [...]

Alaska advocacy adds another a big win!

A big congratulations to our Advocacy team for their ninth policy victory! Like the rest of the nation, Alaska is facing an obesity epidemic.  Approximately one out of every three Alaska adults are overweight or obese and three out of ten high school students are overweight or obese. In addition, the economic impact on the state is estimated to be $459 [...]

Not a beach ball – a Heart Beach Ball!

The Hotel del Coronado in beautiful San Diego was the place to be when we hosted the 5th Annual Heart Beach Ball. This year’s “Gala de la Playa” theme was embraced as guests spent the first part of the evening on the beach, before heading inside to the ballroom for dinner and entertainment. Some 200 guests helped raise over $375,000 [...]

All Things CPR!

With recent Volunteer Awards making headlines last week – I did not get a chance to share some of our incredible successes during National CPR/AED Awareness Week. Staff in Tacoma organized “CPR Weekend” at the Tacoma Rainiers baseball games on June 7 and 8. Volunteers helped unveil the MINI Annie car. The dressed-up car is part of a Heart [...]

Volunteer award winners shine!

This week marked an important milestone for our organization – and our affiliate. On the grand scale, it was 90 years ago this week that a group of six doctors decided to disprove the idea that people with heart disease were simply predestined to die. Their subsequent work and gatherings built the American Heart Association as we know it today [...]

Stroke Month exits on a high note

Before we get to our highlights this week, please join me in congratulating ex-officio Greater Bay Area board member, Collin Quock, M.D., for being honored with the CBS 5 (KPIX-TV) Jefferson Award. This prestigious recognition is bestowed upon a Bay Area resident who has provided above and beyond community service in much-needed programs for at-risk populations. Dr. Quock [...]