Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Share why Prevention is Important to You

As you gather with your friends and family this Thanksgiving, thanks will be given for lives saved by research, advocacy and important prevention efforts. This year the American Heart Association wants to see prevention funding prioritized by Minnesota legislators and Governor Pawlenty. By funding programs like the heart disease and stroke prevention unit, lawmakers can save thousands of lives. During these tough economic times, your legislators and the Governor need to hear that funding prevention programs is important to you and your family!

Please share your personal story with your legislators about why funding efforts to reduce heart disease and stroke are important to you.

Prevention is the key to reducing the number of Minnesotans who are affected by heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association will be urging Minnesota lawmakers to make funding prevention programs at the Minnesota Department of Health a priority. Cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and stroke) is the number ONE cause of death and disability of Minnesotans. Tell your legislators and Governor Pawlenty your story and ask them to keep heart disease and stroke prevention programs in the forefront as important budget decisions are made.

Share your personal story today!

The American Heart Association Advocacy Team is eternally grateful for the hard work of our advocates. Thank you for making our work fun, meaningful and successful! Cheers to you!

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