Monthly Archives: December 2014


Guest blogger — Kami Sutton in the news!

Hi, Kathy! As a survivor, volunteer, advocate and staff member – I wanted to share a recent experience I had that I thought might serve as a little inspiration to our supporters on why we do the work that we do. I was recently featured on a Children’s Health Link special on our local NBC affiliate, KING5, with a story [...]

By |December 30th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Happy Holidays and a heartfelt thank you to all of our Western States Affiliate family

As we get ready to depart for a bit of a holiday break, I want to share how thankful I am for our amazing Western States Affiliate family. During a season filled with love and giving – our team stepped up and did exactly that during our recent Employee Giving Campaign. We had 100 percent participation this year! That means [...]

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

Kids, Kids, Kids!

I am so glad to see the association’s focus on prevention really targeting our younger generation. It saddens me that nearly one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, causing a broad range of health problems including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. Two activities that took place this week made me [...]

Our Future is Why

Thanks to our Seattle Division for submitting this picture that is too cute for words… Seattle disc jockey Brooke Fox is a morning radio host for MOViN 92.5 ALL THE HITS and a Go Red ambassador and volunteer. Last year in our media campaign Brooke was very pregnant in all the promotional photos – and this year, she had little Norah [...]

Greater Bay Area volunteer shines

The record wind and rain may have been a hot topic in Northern California this week, but that didn’t stop one of our amazing volunteers from shining through. Gordon L. Fung, M.D., is an ex-officio San Francisco American Heart Association Board of Directors member. He started his volunteer work with us in the 1980s with our Chinese Community Cardiac Council. [...]

The 55th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball

Without a doubt, the Phoenix Heart Ball is one of the most spectacular volunteer-driven events – nationwide! It was an evening to remember attendees for of The 55th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball.  Over 650 guests donned their finest red and tartan to come together and share their hearts in celebration of the American Heart Association. This year’s Heart Ball was [...]

Leadership Forum 2014 – another great group on the books!

Leadership Forum is a Western States Affiliate tradition designed to cultivate the talents of our dynamic staff.  Each year this cross-functional group  is brought together from various departments and geographic areas across our 10 states. They are considered leaders in their field and were nominated to participate by affiliate senior leadership. I would like to congratulate our 2014 Leadership Forum [...]

Sisters help honor family

Guest Blogger: Amanda Naughton Nothing can prepare you for the phone call I received last year. My father, just 60 years old, died suddenly from a heart attack. I had just started my final semester at Cal State Northridge and had been looking forward to my future. It was hard to imagine what that was going to look like without [...]

Los Angeles gets social

What a powerful tool social media has become – helping us reach a large audience in a frequent and timely manner! Recently, our Los Angeles Division Instagram page hit the 500 follower mark (now up to 546)! This is more than 50 percent growth over last fiscal year, adding 69 new followers in November alone! We’ve also seen a spike [...]

By |December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

HeartChase is off and running

HeartChase events (think cross between Amazing Race and Minute to Win It) are a new and up-and-coming way to get our local communities excited about living healthier lives and fighting heart disease and stroke. Seattle recently held their event. There were some 20 teams with over 50 volunteers to help support their efforts. The event took place on the gorgeous [...]

By |December 1st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments