We Did That!

Updated:Nov 19,2013
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2013 Coachella Valley Heart Walk
Coachella Valley Succeeds

Thank you to the 1,000 people that came to the Coachella Valley Heart and Stroke Walk last weekend to show their support for American Heart Association. With the leadership of local board member and Heart Walk chair Ojas Buch, we were able to raise $135,000 and counting! Nursing students from California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus and College of the Desert provided heart and stroke education to the attendees, as well as free blood pressure and health screenings. Thanks to all of the participants and volunteers for making this event successful.
WSD at Halle Heart
The young and bold raise awareness on World Stroke Day 2013

In Phoenix, the Halle Heart Children’s Museum celebrated World Stroke Day with many of their visitors. Students that visited were able to celebrate by coloring giant posters that reminded others how important it is to act F.A.S.T. when you see the signs of stroke. These students were able to see their artwork become a mural on display in the museum throughout the week raising stroke awareness in Arizona. Thanks to the young and bold, Phoenix, AZ, was able to raise awareness.
Flash Mob at Puget Sound HW
Flash mob wins the crowd

Over $1.55 million dollars were raised at the Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk earlier this month with an estimated 12,000 volunteers joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle in raising awareness. One of the largest corporate teams and event sponsor, Premera Blue Cross, spontaneously danced their way into the heart of the crowd in a flash mob. Thanks to each and every one of these participants, the challenge of changing lives has never felt easier.
Chula Vista teaching Garden
Plus one Teaching Garden in Chula Vista School District

Thank you to the Mahler Family from San Diego for dedicating a memorial Teaching Garden at Marshall Elementary School in honor of Barney Mahler, who passed away earlier this year. Mrs. Susan Mahler attended the Planting Day celebration, which included garden activities and craft stations. Individuals, corporations and other community organizations fund these activities. This is the third garden in this school district and is an addition to the 230 American Heart Association Teaching Gardens nationwide. Read more about this garden in Roman’s Blog.
LA Research Reception
Success at the Los Angeles Cardiovascular Symposium and Research Reception

On Tuesday, October 15, 100 researchers and volunteers attended the Los Angeles Cardiovascular Symposium and Research Reception. All of the attendees had the opportunity to hear about the latest research projects taking place in LA. A researcher from a department of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was impressed by the presentation and offered financial assistance to conduct the reception again at another time. It is vital that donors hear the message of the importance of research and how much research is funded, including the lack of funding resources research may have. Volunteers and researchers were very happy with the outcome of this reception.
2013 San Luis Obispo Walk - Cliff
Stroke survivor doubles his distance

A stroke survivor, Cliff, attended the San Luis Obispo Heart & Stroke Walk with no intentions of making a lifetime change in his life. Cliff was looking to get back a piece of his life that was lost during his struggles after the stroke. This year Cliff and his wife, Amy, participated in the walk and Cliff accomplished his longest distance since the stroke. Cliff walked the entire Miracle Mile, making it a half-mile further than he could have before. Amy shared that the Miracle Mile gave the stroke survivors on their 56 person team a meaningful goal and helped them to raise almost $5,000. Thanks to Amy and Cliff the AHA is able to share lifesaving stories.
Renee Phoenix GRFW Passion Committee
Phoenix Go Red For Women Passion Committee Saves a Life

When Phoenix Go Red For Women Passion Committee member Renee began volunteering, she admittedly wanted to spend more time with her best friend who was also a member. This year, when committee members went around the room to share why they were involved with the American Heart Association, Renee’s answer changed. She revealed that because of what she learned from her involvement last year, she is now a heart disease survivor. For years she had experienced ‘flutter’ episodes and chest pressure but doctors had never given her a solid diagnosis. After joining the AHA she pressed her doctors for more tests and a complete cardiac workup. She finally got her diagnosis; she has a heart murmur and sinus tachycardia. When it comes down to it, all of the staff and volunteers involved with the Go Red For Women Passion Committee had a direct impact on saving Renee’s life.
Silicon Valley Saving Strokes 2013

8th Annual Silicon Valley Savings Strokes event

Saving Strokes is truly a patient-oriented event blended with great volunteer support, these are the ingredients that bring success to our events. Thanks to the support of caregivers, El Camino Hospital therapists and Los Lagos Golf Course, the 8th annual Silicon Valley Savings Strokes program was an inspiring event. Silicon Valley hosted 50 stroke survivor golfers, including one survivor who was attending his third Bay Area Savings Strokes event. This event provided a demonstration on how service dogs can assist stroke patients with mobility and balance. With the help of many local supporters and the F.A.S.T campaign sponsored by Covidien, this year’s event grew considerably in size.



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