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 [...]

Helicopter makes a special delivery

The North Bay Division was pleased to help sponsors REACH Air Medical Services and St. Joseph Health (Sonoma) partner in an especially touching activity supporting our mission. REACH donated 400 Infant CPR Kits to St. Joseph Health of Sonoma County. This gift is provided via the Kelly Bates Fund, named for a nurse who helped fund REACH's Neonatal Transport Program. [...]

Riding for a cause that is close to the heart

Nice work, Greater Bay Area Team! With nearly 150 riders, the CycleNation tour pedaled its way through the region offering participants a 25, 50 or 100-mile route in and around the Livermore, California area. The hope is that this new fundraising event will become an AHA staple, much like a Heart Walk, but for cycle enthusiasts. There is a $25 [...]

Legacy Leaders pay if forward

Paying it forward… Our Legacy Leader program pairs students working toward a degree in the healthcare field with an AHA program that they can facilitate as a volunteer leader. University of Hawaii nursing students recently conducted an eight-week program on AHA heart health topics at the Honolulu Community Action Program preschool. The team worked to teach the preschoolers about eating [...]

Volunteer family receives special recognition

Valentines day may have come and gone -- but this sweet story is too good not to share! The San Diego Gulls professional hockey team took advantage of the red-themed 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, [...]

An audience of 200 witnessed a cook-off between 30 teens and their parents at Latino College Prep Academy in San Jose. It was a celebration of completing two sessions of a Teens Cook With Heart program. Volunteers and staff from our Silicon Valley Division coordinated this unique competition. After sampling their healthy creations, seven judges representing the food industry and [...]

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 [...]

WSA Kids With Heart — a great program for young Heart Heroes!

Kids With Heart is a special WSA-only program designed to recognize some of our youngest survivors and volunteers. WSA Kids With Heart appoints young heart disease and stroke survivors to be ambassadors for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. These kiddos help our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke by inspiring others with their [...]

Never give up!

It’s wonderful when hard work comes together. In 2013, we were successful in the passage of statewide legislation that allowed for CPR training in schools in Nevada, but it was contingent on funds being available. Although we were thrilled by the passage, we held off celebrating – until now. We recently learned that Clark County School District’s board of trustees [...]

Kern County REALLY goes red!

AHA volunteers and staff in Kern County have been busy. Very busy. This small but mighty team put together five successful Go Red For Women events during the first two weeks in February – and that’s not including their Go Red Luncheon! Festivities began with the “Honks for Hearts” fundraiser the day before Wear Red Day, where volunteers stood near [...]