Monthly Archives: September 2014


Stroke Task Force tours UC Irvine lab

When our Western States Stroke Task Force gathered recently at UC Irvine for the first meeting of FY20-14-15, they were in for a special treat. Task Force Chair Steven Cramer, M.D., hosted the gathering which included an interactive guided tour of his research lab. Dr. Cramer is Professor, Neurology and Anatomy & Neurobiology at UCI Irvine and the visit provided [...]

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Saving Strokes Is Why

Did you know that Saving Strokes, our stroke rehabilitation through golf program, began right here in the Western States Affiliate? This program proves that disabilities do not need to keep survivors from learning or returning to the game of golf. Hundreds of stroke survivors have benefited from it since it began in 2001. I am so proud of the fact [...]

Volunteers make our LA Walks memorable

In a large metropolitan area like Los Angeles, we actually have several Heart Walks across the city – so that we might involve and engage residents in different areas. This year – there were five Walks that took place in the Greater Los Angeles area! There were two volunteer highlights from the festivities that were just too good not to [...]

San Joaquin Walk elevates stroke!

More than 1,000 walkers stepped up and walked to support our mission at the Stockton Division’s San Joaquin Heart and Stroke walk. Healings in Motion, a local stroke prevention and support group helped make stroke awareness a priority. For the first time, the San Joaquin Walk featured a Stroke Pavilion. Advocacy support was on hand as a representative from Assembly [...]

Everybody gets their hands dirty in San Bruno!

When they say, “It takes a village,” they must have had Rollingwood Elementary’s new American Heart Association Teaching Garden in mind. From initial pitch to pitch forks, it was all hands on deck at this school in San Bruno, CA. The garden had diehard supporters from its inception, with our passionate staff pitching the idea to local health improvement districts and school [...]

By |September 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Orange County Runs!

It was a beautiful day for a run… and that is just what some 750 Orange County, CA, volunteers and supporters did. The inaugural 5K/10K Heart Run and Walk chaired by four-time Super Bowl Champion and heart disease survivor Jesse Sapolu and his wife Lisa, and raised more than $68,000 in donations. It also served as a milestone victory for [...]

Coachella Valley Lives for your Heart

Volunteers and community member received a healthy dose of delight as more than 70 people turned out for the Coachella Valley Division’s Go Red Por Tu Corazón launch of “Live For Your Heart.” Go Red Por Tu Corazón celebrates the energy, passion and power of Hispanic women to band together to wipe out heart disease, the No. 1 cause of [...]

And the Winners are…

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an entry into our “Healthy Selfie” summer blog contest. I continue to be inspired by the creativity of those who work and play with us each day – and truly live as an example of our mission in action. Congrats to our winners – you can expect a [...]

Sharing our Message is Why

Over the last few months, you’ve probably seen our new tagline and brand campaign Life is Why. It is my hope that you’ve taken a few minutes to stop and think about your why – and maybe even shared it with others. A celebration of life, Life is Why offers a simple, yet powerful answer to the question of why [...]

By |September 11th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

A Great day in the Bay!

Today I had the pleasure to share Honored Guest Day with our Greater Bay Area board members and volunteers. Al Royse, National American Heart Association Chairman-Elect, moderated the program. Elliott Antman, M.D., current National AHA President spoke as well as our San Francisco-San Mateo Board President, Yerem Yeghiazarians, M.D. Our High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions is being held in [...]