Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum now offering CPR classes

Just in time for National CPR Awareness Week, more than 150 kids from the Phoenix area were recently trained in Hands-Only CPR at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum. The Museum was jumping to the disco beat of “Stayin’ Alive” as they learned the lifesaving skill. The kids were inspired by meeting a survivor and the fireman who saved her life [...]

By |May 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Top Youth Market volunteers recognized

Last week our Las Vegas division had the privilege of honoring several local students who went above and beyond for Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart. We hosted an AHA reception for top schools and students prior to a Las Vegas 51s game. The local Triple A baseball team welcomed the number one fundraiser (Peyton, who raised $3,350) [...]

By |May 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How does your garden grow?

Experiencing gardening for the first time creates special moments at our Teaching Garden events. It’s a joy to see children handle seeds for the first time and gently tuck them into soil. Thanks to generous sponsorship from The California Endowment, gardening excitement now extends to Alvarado, Lee and Whittier elementary schools in Long Beach, CA. Planting Days were held in [...]

A 9-year-old’s moving video tribute

At just 9-years-old, Mikala Hicks is impacting hearts. Mikala created a touching video about her Pau Pau (Cantonese for grandmother) - recently diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation - to raise funds for the American Heart Association. She wrote the script and played the piano as a soundtrack for the three-minute video, produced with her parents help. Mikala is participating in Jump [...]

By |May 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

San Diego Heart Ball makes a splash

Sharing personal stories is one of the best ways to really communicate the impact our mission can have on individual lives. That is exactly what happened last weekend at the San Diego Heart Ball. Volunteer Marjorie Nelson shared how she saved her infant son’s life using CPR. Because of her heroic action, Heart Ignite Award recipient John Lamberti, M.D., had [...]

By |May 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signs SB 196 creating statewide stroke system of care.

The state of Nevada paved the way for saving hundreds of lives each year when Governor Brian Sandoval officially signed Senate Bill 196 into law on May 13 – creating a statewide stroke system of care. Standing right next to him at the ceremony was our exceptional volunteer Kathy McCormick, a stroke survivor who testified in support of SB 196 [...]

American Heart Association Lobby Day – Stepping up to the plate

Earlier this week I had the chance to travel to Washington, DC, with just over 30 volunteers and staff for our Federal Lobby Day. Our WSA delegation joined close to 400 volunteers from around the country to urge Members of Congress to “step up to the plate” for Heart Health. Together, we were able to tell Congress why investing in [...]

Girl Scouts become lifesavers at San Francisco Bridging Ceremony

Kudos to our Greater Bay Area division for focusing attention on lifesaving CPR when Girl Scouts of Northern California held its 34th Bridging Ceremony last Saturday. Some 660 Girl Scouts and leaders were trained in Hands-Only CPR during a five hour period. Our fun-loving volunteers made the CPR training possible by creating an eye-catching booth. And of course, it would [...]

Fit-Friendly worksites announced!

We know that it is going to take all of us to achieve our mission. That is one reason that the American Heart Association recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. We want to reward organizations for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff. This week we announced award winning companies and [...]

Working for California’s children and families

A diverse coalition of health groups, led by the American Heart Association, stated its case yesterday at a sugar-sweetened beverage fee press conference at the Sacramento Capitol. WSA Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations Eric Batch (pictured at podium), gave an impassioned plea to protect the health of California’s children and families. On stage were representatives from Choose HEALTH California [...]