Monthly Archives: February 2015


Two, FOUR, six, eight, who do we appreciate? Union Bank!

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 [...]

AHA’s Kami Sutton Featured on ABC News

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 [...]

Long-time volunteer makes a lasting impression

Winston Churchill said it best when he stated, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” How true that is for our friend and Ventura County volunteer, Fred Fauvre, M.D. For the past quarter of a century, Dr. Fauvre and his Volunteer Committee have raised nearly $400,000 for the American Heart [...]

Idaho Lobby Day makes an impression

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 [...]

After Tragic Loss, a Mother Helps Save a Life Through Donated AED

On February 6th, we shared a post about two high school coaches who used CPR and an AED to save the life of Jaewon Yun, a 15-year-old who collapsed from cardiac arrest during basketball practice. The AED was available on campus because of the dedicated efforts of a mother whose daughter passed from sudden cardiac arrest during a cross-country meet. [...]

Volunteers Trained to be Community Health Workers in Monterey County

Wanting to improve the health of Salinas Valley in Monterey County, California, 38 volunteers have committed six months of their time to learning how to be AHA Community Health Workers. Based off of the Life Simple 7 program, they are gaining the skills needed to transform the health of their neighborhoods. And, with only two classes left until graduation, the [...]

Chloe and her Heart Hero Superhero Cape

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, what a perfect story to be able to share… She was born with a heart-shaped birthmark on her foot. Her grandmother Dottie thinks it was a sign – little Chloe, who has Congenital Heart Defect, was meant to be an AHA ambassador. Her family knew Chloe had a heart defect before she was born, [...]

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Who is that red-dressed man?!

Jeff Gilles knows how to get attention for a worthy cause. Just wear a red dress! Ten years ago, Jeff turned 51 – the age of his father when he passed away from a heart attack. Jeff wanted to do more than donate to the cause… and so red dress idea was born. Jeff’s mother survived a heart attack several [...]

Wear Red Day in the WSA!

From Los Angeles to Seattle – communities everywhere celebrated Wear Red Day in style. Here is just a sampling of a few pictures that were submitted – beautiful! Thanks to all for your support of this special day. In Los Angeles, survivors Lilly Rocha, Crystal Flores, and Jessica Ocampo pause after modeling their gorgeous Macy’s red dresses next to Macy’s [...]

Bye, George!

I would like to bid a fond farewell to our colleague and friend, George Goupille. After over 13 years of keeping the Western States Affiliate in good financial health as our Chief Financial Officer, George has elected to retire. He has contributed invaluable and unerring expertise in overseeing the business operations for the affiliate and as our representative on the [...]

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