Quick thinking saves South Kingston man from serious effects of stroke

Brad Hadley with his son Kyle Brad Hadley with his children, Kyle and Taylor Monday, March 12th was like any other day for 51-year-old Brad Hadley. He was lacing up his sneakers and getting ready for his morning jog in his South Kingston neighborhood. That’s when Brad suddenly felt the onset of a pounding headache. “It [...]

By |September 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maisie Joy Slader brings joy to family as a little heart warrior

At just ten months old, Maisie Joy Slader has spent two-thirds of her life on a beta blocker. Maisie was born with a critical congenital heart defect known as Pulmonary Atresia with an intact ventricular septum and Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome. This meant that the valve leading from her heart to the lungs was completely closed along with [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Westerly Heart Attack Survivor surrounds herself with positivity

Eight little words saved Tia Emard’s life the day after Christmas last year. This July, those same words helped her husband, Jeremy. “I hope I’m not having a heart attack,” Tia texted to Jeremy. Those eight words would change her life forever. After hosting thirty people at their home over Christmas, Tia was feeling tired and rundown. Her back ached. [...]

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Survivor Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Born with his heart on the wrong side, Jason Pieroni now thriving with a pacemaker

Watching Jason Pieroni running around the East Greenwich football on a blisteringly hot summer day, you would think he's like any other 19-year-old. Pieroni and his older brother Ryan pass the football and the time on the field easily, laughing and cracking jokes. What most people don't know about Jason is that he has a pacemaker. He underwent surgery just [...]

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Little Hats, Big Hearts collects 1,500 hats for babies in Southern New England

By Liam Assad, age 8 Dear Holly, How are the babies doing? My Nana made these hats so we could give them to the babies with a sick heart. It is are act of kindness. We hope it makes them smile. Happy Christmas! Liam Assad, age 8 & Caoimhe Assad, age 7 Each year, our Little Hats, Big Hearts program aims to [...]

By |January 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

2018 Rhode Island PE & Me Contest for Students

The American Heart Association, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation are happy to announce the 2018 Rhode Island PE & Me Contest. The contest invites all students from across Rhode Island in grades K-5 to design a postcard that shows what they love about physical education (PE) in school. Postcard submissions are being [...]

By |December 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Thanksgiving message for our supporters:

Happy Thanksgiving! Because of your dedication to our mission, more families here in Southern New England and across the nation will celebrate life together this holiday season! Front row; left to right: Donna Tringali; Andrea Turteltaub Back row; left to right: Holly Brown-Ayers, Tami Iavarone, Ashley DeSimone, David Bodah, Nicole Beauregard; Patrice Jean-Philippe   As an American Heart Association supporter, [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Her Words: The Right Tests at the Right Time

By: Jane Gingerella of Westerly, RI Back in April of this year, I was staying in Florida with family when I noticed a strange sensation—a pressure on my chest. I saw my primary care physician down in Florida, who ordered an EKG. After finding only what she described as some insignificant skipping, she said she didn’t believe it was anything [...]

By |September 13th, 2017|Categories: Survivor Stories|0 Comments

American Heart Association Thanks Major Donors and Volunteers

The American Heart Association of Southern New England hosted an event on Thursday, August 24, 2017 to celebrate achievements from the past year, and thank the incredible volunteers and donors that support the American Heart Association and help make these achievements possible. Opening remarks given by David M. Bodah, Executive Director for the American Heart Association of Southern New England, [...]

By |August 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

2017 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the American Heart Association hosted the 2017 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House, recognizing the winners of the annual competition. Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation, this year’s GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest received nearly 6,000 submissions from [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments