Without a doubt, one of the most exciting things I’ve done in the past ten years was to host the HEART for Women Rally on the grounds of the US Capitol. Pretty darn cool!
Yes, I’m grateful for that opportunity with the American Heart Association – but I’m grateful for so much more than the one moment.
Without research, done in part with funds raised by the American Heart Association, the technology used to fix my heart may not have been developed – and I would not have survived. AHA funds young scientist doing the kinds of investigative research that leads to the next break through. Those break throughs make a real difference in the lives of people like me.
I encourage you to get involved with AHA’s fundraising efforts – that would be a great gift.
Through my work with AHA I’ve met more fellow survivors than I could possibly count. There is something very special about being in a room with a group of people who have faced life threatening situations and survived. Some of them have become valued friends and a system of support.
Are you a survivor or know someone who is? Get involved with AHA and meet the other amazing survivor volunteers (all of the volunteers are great) – that would be a great gift, too.
Education and Advocacy
The professional staff of the American Heart Association has provided me with a wealth of information and an outstanding education about heart disease, stroke and how our government works. Each time I have the opportunity to tell my story, I am giving back for the gift I’ve been given. Over the years we’ve seen some spectacular victories for our efforts including increased NIH funding, standards of care, tobacco control and child obesity legislation.
Get involved – that would be a great gift!
Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.