Guest Blogger Katie Coombs: Coming to Terms with my Heart Condition

Katie Coombs is a writer, speaker and radio show host in Reno, Nevada. She is a wife and busy mom to seven kids. Katie also has a chronic heart condition. She uses her experience to inspire others and give them hope. On August 5, 2012, after nine years of living with supraventricular tachycardia, I was driving to meet a client at [...]

Saving Strokes provides stroke rehabilitation therapy through golf

Another great Salt Lake City Saving Strokes event is on the books! Thanks to a Together to End Stroke cause sponsorship with University of Utah Health, 30 survivors and caregivers joined eight golf professionals at Nibley Park Golf Course for a day of therapy, golfing and fun. Outstanding volunteer engagement included FOX13 sportscaster Morgan Vance as the event emcee, University [...]

Hawaii works FAST on stroke!

The Hawaii Division collaborated with the Hawaii Department of Health and The Queen’s Medical Center to design, print and place F-A-S-T stroke awareness signs on public buses on the island of Oahu (which includes the major city of Honolulu). The duration of pro-bono placement of signs on buses is usually limited to one month per year. The owner of the company [...]

San Diego Gulls celebrate a special heart family

The San Diego Gulls professional hockey team took advantage of Valentine’s Day to celebrate the American Heart Association, Go Red For Women and super volunteer and survivor Kenzi Jankowski. Kenzi and her brother Tanner were featured in the pre-game “drop the puck” ceremony, and the Gulls recognized the Jankowski family between the second and third periods. They also aired a [...]

Guest Blogger Lilian Tsi: Take time for you!

The day I had my stroke was like any other Saturday morning. I woke up feeling tired and exhausted. I love my family with all my heart, but being a full-time sales rep and mother of two, I am busy! On that particular morning, I felt something else -- my leg felt like it was on pins and needles. I [...]

Guest Blogger: Debra North – Climbing the mountain

Debra North is an American Heart Association volunteer – and heart disease survivor. She has used her experience as a platform to share information and help others. There's a saying many heart valve patients call heart surgery: "Climbing the mountain." Whenever one of us is about to have surgery, we say, "See you on the other side of the mountain." [...]

Guest Blogger: Amber Waller Karasawa

Amber Waller Karasawa works as an actress and artist in Southern California. She is also an American Heart Association volunteer and staunch advocate for CPR training. In the spring of 2013, my parents sold their house in St. Louis and my mom hopped on a plane to Phoenix, determined to find a new home for her and my father. And [...]

CPR Saves Lives – Jenylyn

Survivors are the heart of our organization. Hearing their stories evoke feelings of inspiration, recognition and support. They are the reasons we work each day to fight heart disease and stroke. I’m pleased to share with you this guest post from Jenylyn Carpio. She is a mother, a survivor, a runner, a volunteer and most recently has become an intern [...]

Ryan Thurston’s Heart of Gold

I love it when I get guest blog submissions! Thank you, Wendy and Ryan, for your submission and story. Today, Ryan Thurston is a healthy, twelve year old enjoying his childhood in beautiful Ojai, California. In school, he is excited about his life science class which has given him more insight into the amazing human heart, outside of his own [...]

World Stroke Day in Phoenix

The American Heart Association’s Halle Heart Children’s Museum was the place to be on World Stroke Day, as some 130 kids learned about the warning signs of stroke by singing the hip hop FAST Song on karaoke. Stroke survivors come in all shapes and sizes and several were on hand to assist in educating the public about the No. 1 [...]