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 [...]

Guest Blogger Donna Kato: Daily Reminders

Donna Kato is the Communications and Marketing Director for the American Heart Association in the Silicon Valley and North Central Coast, California and Boise, Idaho markets. She was a journalist for most of her career and became a media relations professional in 2009. She started working for the American Heart Association in April 2016. As I start my second year [...]

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 [...]

Guest Blogger Mehak Agarwal: My path to volunteering

Mehak Agarwal is a volunteer from Santa Maria, California. She is taking a break from her studies to do intensive physical therapy after receiving her pacemaker and is currently working at Dignity Health’s Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. Mehak is using her own heart experience to raise awareness regarding heart disease in young people. March 3, 2015, marked the [...]

Junior Chef Challenge teaches kids life skills

Over the last several weeks, elementary students from five Vallejo and Fairfield, California, schools learned about knife skills, preparation cuts, sauces and a variety of new fruits and vegetables through our Kids/Teens Cook With Heart program. The course recently concluded with a “Jr. Chef Challenge” where students prepared dishes and demonstrated knife and etiquette skills. This program is a great [...]

Saving Strokes on par in Tucson

Great work out of our Tucson Division with over 40 golfers, volunteers and staff coming together for therapy, sunshine and fun. Saving Strokes is our popular rehabilitation through golf program, and has become a favorite among Tucson volunteers. Golf is a wonderful alternative therapy for stroke survivors. Local sponsors HealthSouth Rehab Hospital and HealthSouth Rehab Institute were thrilled with participant feedback and results – and are [...]

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 — Kelly Leeper

Kelly Leeper is a survivor and volunteer with the American Heart Association. He has used his platform as a survivor to raise funds and awareness for our mission. I was born on May 21, 1984 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). It wasn’t until I was three days old that my mom sensed something was wrong with me and took [...]

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 [...]