Monthly Archives: July 2014


Western States Goes WESTern!

There were just too many extraordinary activities to fit into one – or even two posts! Please bear with me as I share a few more thoughts… Ever conscious of using our donor dollars wisely, we only had one evening together. Of course, we make the most of every moment together! For our awards dinner, we went with [...]

By |July 30th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Staff Awards Highlight All-Staff Conference

What a fantastic time we had last week at our WSA all-Staff conference in Phoenix. I am excited and inspired by the connections we’ve made – and can’t wait to see what the future holds. A big staff conference highlight is always our affiliate awards presentation where we honor a few outstanding individuals and teams from around the [...]

A Big Thank You to Our WSA Staff

I just wanted to post a quick thank you to the 300-plus staff who traveled from all ten of our great states to participate in our 2014 all-staff meeting in Phoenix this week. What a wonderful opportunity this presented to network, collaborate and learn together. I can’t tell you how great it was to get to put more faces to [...]

Utah’s Success Will Save Lives!

I have absolutely outstanding news from Utah to share. Thanks to the work of many advocates and supporters, it has become the 18th state to require high school students to take CPR training. This will add to the more than one million graduates in the U.S. who will be equipped with this lifesaving skill every year. This great news is [...]

By |July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sacramento Creativity Scores!

Way to go, Sacramento! I am so excited to let you know our Sacramento division has won the creative video contest National Center conducted to  help introduce the new AHA “Guiding Values” strategic platform.  Please take a moment to watch this creative and witty video – it’s outstanding. And, it certainly illustrates how using “Guiding Values” in our daily work [...]

Former NFL Greats Lend a Heart and Hand

Last week, four-time Super Bowl champion Jesse Sapolu and his wife Lisa hosted a kickoff breakfast to launch the 2014 Heart Run & Walk in South Orange County, CA. The Sapolus are co-chairing the inaugural event, a timed 10K and 5K run and walk, that aims to raise $200,000 to support our work. The reception held at the Arroyo Trabuco [...]

Dancing is good for the HEART and MIND!

Las Vegas volunteers got together to shake their stuff at a recent “Zumbathon” to benefit the association. Seventeen Zumba instructors recently joined forces to raise funds and awareness for heart disease and stroke! They donated their time and brought many of their personal fitness-craze followers to the event. Some 150 people joined in the fun to help raise more than [...]

Powerful Volunteer Support

I had a wonderful volunteer story come across my desk that was so good I had to share. For the first time ever, the Go Red For Women luncheon was relocated from Stockton to Modesto, CA, this year, impacting a whole new group of women and community leaders. The Open Your Heart portion of the program raised over $30,000 – [...]

Hearts and Hulas… in Utah!

Grass skirts and tropical flowers set the mood at the recent “Hearts and Hulas” Heart Ball in Salt Lake City, UT. More than 250 guests gathered at the premier social event to raise awareness and funds for the state’s No. 1 killer. Peggy Larsen of Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) was honored with the “Heart of Utah” award for her dedication [...]


There are many ways to share our messages. This week I have a wonderfully creative example to share. In celebration of the recent success of the Power Fitness Challenge (PFC) in Los Angeles, local staff collaborated to hold a #PowerFitChat with volunteer experts. Volunteer extraordinaire Courtney Porter was empowered to take the lead – and excelled in her efforts! She [...]