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!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Your Hands Can Do Incredible Things...But Nothing Compares to Using Them to Save a Life!

If an adult suddenly collapsed, would you know what to do?

Hands-Only CPR is easy, and it is helping save lives. Go to to learn more.

CPR. A lifesaving action.

When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her survival depends greatly on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Unfortunately, less than 1/3 of those people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location get that help. Most bystanders are worried that they might do something wrong or make things worse. That’s why the AHA has simplified things.

Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.

It’s not normal to see an adult suddenly collapse, but if you do, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help. Take a minute and look around this site and invite your friends! Increasing the number of people who know about Hands-OnlyTM CPR will increase the chance that someone can help when an adult suddenly collapses, and more lives can be saved.

Check out this video to see Hands-Only CPR in action.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Join Us at the Gospel Tour TODAY ain Brooklyn Park, MN!

Power To End Stroke Gospel Tour - Twin Cities

TODAY, October 15, 2009
4:30pm -- 9:30pm
Fee: Free event and open to the public
Mighty Fortress International Ministries
6400 85th Avenue North Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Plan to join us Thursday, October 15th at the Power To End Gospel Tour Celebration with Lexi of The Word Network and singer Dottie Peoples.

Join hundreds in celebration with local gospel choirs hosted by celebrity Lexi of The Word Network and national gospel singer Dottie Peoples to raise awareness about the risk factors and warning signs of stroke—the No. 3 killer. The event is sponsored by HealthPartners and Regions Hospital.

This unique health exposition also features health screenings and complimentary informational brochures and giveaways. This event is free and open to the public.

4:30 - 6:30 pm
Health Fair
7 - 9:30 pm
Gospel Event
*Dottie Peoples

For more information contact:Sueling Schardin (952)835-3300

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

You’re the Cure Advocate Thanks Sen. Klobuchar for Co-Sponsoring the HEART for Women Act

Jo DeBruycker, a long-time volunteer with American Heart Association and current vice chair of the State Advocacy Committee, recently met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Willmar. Jo provided Sen. Klobuchar a Red Dress Pin, an icon of the Go Red Movement, and thanked her for co-sponsoring the HEART for Women Act.

Click here to learn more about the HEART for Women Act:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Childhood obesity addressed in U.S. Senate hearing chaired by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Klobuchar chaired the Subcommittee on Children’s Health hearing entitled, "Promoting and Improving Children’s Health Protections" On Tuesday, September 29, 2009.

The hearing highlighted testimony by Dr. Mary Story, Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health University of Minnesota. You can view the archived hearing at: