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Friday, May 11, 2012 | Tri-Valley Central | Cardiomyopathy in the News, Press Releases
Along with booths set up by businesses and organizations, Anthony Miller of the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy will be on hand raising funds for the foundation. Miller founded the Phoenix-based nonprofit with his wife Stephanie and is the president and CEO.

Cardiomyopathy results from a weakened hearth muscle. One symptom is an irregular heartbeat, which can lead to a heart attack. Miller himself had two heart attacks because of the disease — the first at age 35. But it generally affects people under 30, including children. It can go undetected and is a leading cause of death among student athletes, according to the foundation website.

Miller’s foundation seeks to raise money toward the purchase of 100 automatic external defibrillators for schools and athletic programs in all 15 Arizona counties. An automatic external defibrillator retails for about $1,800, Miller said.

His main fundraising effort is a sweepstakes raffle, with the grand prize a new Ford Mustang. Second prize is a Harley-Davidson Blackline model. Third prize is a pair of Schwinn Cruiser bicycles. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Miller raised $325 for the foundation at a recent meeting of the Desert Sky Mustang Club. The contest closes on Oct. 1.

Read the entire article at TriValleyCentral.com
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | AmericanFFC | Press Releases

November 29, 2011 - Ahwatukee (Phoenix), AZ – The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) today announced that they will donate 25% of the proceeds of two upcoming CPR training classes to help support Baby Emma Mae.

Eleven-month-old Emma Mae Salvati, who suffers from restrictive cardiomyopathy, is in need of a heart transplant.  Emma's aunt, Ahwatukee resident Amanda Potucek, has coordinated a silent auction fundraising event which will take place at CK's restaurant in Ahwatukee on Saturday, December 3, 2011.

In addition to providing items for the silent auction, AmericanFFC has agreed to donate 25% of the proceeds from two upcoming Ahwatukee CPR training classes to support Baby Emma Mae.

"When I heard about Baby Emma Mae, I just had to do something to help out," said Anthony Miller, President of AmericanFFC and a Cardiomyopathy survivor.  "By donating a percentage of the proceeds from these upcoming classes, we'll be teaching people how to save lives, and also helping out a child who is in need."

The Grace Inn (Ahwatukee) has donated the space for the training class, which will help offset the cost of the event.  The classes cover child and adult CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid.

Training class details below:

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Date:  December 10, 2011 or January 14, 2012

Cost: $65, includes all required materials

Location:

Grace Inn - Ahwatukee
10831 South 51st Street
Phoenix, AZ 85044

To register for a training class, go to www.AmericanFFC.org or call 1-800-433-0774, x107.

About American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy

The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) is an Arizona based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating awareness about Cardiomyopathy and support those already afflicted with the disease and their families through education, support groups, and disease management.

Monday, September 26, 2011 | AmericanFFC | Press Releases

September 26, 2011 - Ahwatukee (Phoenix), AZ – The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) today announced that they will be holding a free community CPR event on October 8 at the Tesseract School in Phoenix Arizona.

The event, which will be hosted by U.S. Congressman Ben Quayle, will also feature a special appearance by 2011 Miss Arizona Brittany Brannon.

Participants in the course will learn adult and child CPR, how to use an AED system, and basic First Aid.  Participants must be at least nine years old.

The free class is limited to 60 participants.  Participants must pre-register for the event at AmericanFFC's website, www.AmericanFFC.org.

About American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy

The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) is an Arizona based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating awareness about Cardiomyopathy and support those already afflicted with the disease and their families through education, support groups, and disease management.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | AmericanFFC | Press Releases

July 20, 2011 - Ahwatukee (Phoenix), AZ – The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) today announced the addition of three new board members to its executive board.

Margaret L. Nyberg

Margaret L. Nyberg, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, is a member of the Lake Havasu City Council, an award-winning teacher, and a past and future member of the Mojave County Health Board.  Ms. Nyberg brings several decades of civic involvement and leadership to the board.

Alison R. Snyder Valier

Alison R. Snyder Valier, of Gilbert, AZ, is an associate professor and Director of the Center for Clinical Outcomes Studies at A.T. Still University.  Ms. Valier has had her research work published in many medical journals, and will bring her experience in securing grants to the board.

Toni Monti

Toni Monti, of Phoenix, AZ, is a member of the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Division of Medtronic, a leading manufacturer of Cardiac Management devices.  Ms. Monti will bring her expertise of cardiac management devices and her passion for public service to the board.

“We are very excited that these three remarkable individuals have agreed to join our board,” stated Anthony Miller, Founder of AmericanFFC.  “When added to the highly qualified group that is already serving, AmericanFFC clearly has one of the most impressive boards in Arizona.”

“We look forward to continuing to grow our organization, and executing on our mission of educating the public about Cardiomyopathy,” Miller concluded.

About American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy

The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) is an Arizona based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating awareness about Cardiomyopathy and support those already afflicted with the disease and their families through education, support groups, and disease management.

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Friday, June 17, 2011 | AmericanFFC | Press Releases

June 17, 2011 - Ahwatukee (Phoenix), AZ –The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) today announced that they will be holding two Community CPR Training sessions on July 16, 2011.

The sessions, which are open to the public, will provide participants the opportunity to learn life-saving skills. Participants will be trained by CPR certified professionals and upon completion of training will receive a CPR card and certificate.

“Summer is a time when many people in Arizona try to ‘beat the heat’ by swimming,” stated Anthony Miller, Founder and CEO of AmericanFFC.  “Unfortunately, studies have shown that swimming can be a high-risk activity for people with undiagnosed cardiac issues.”

“Cardiac Arrest can occur at any time and any place,” Miller continued.  “I know, because it happened to me.  And a CPR trained person helped save my life.”

 “Our goal is to make sure at least one person in every household is CPR certified so they are prepared to react in the event of an emergency” Miller concluded.

The Community CPR Training sessions will be held on July 16, 2011 at the Grace Inn in Ahwatukee (Phoenix) Arizona.  There are two sessions- a morning session from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and an afternoon session from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

The cost of the training is $35 per person.  Light refreshments will be served, and there will also be a raffle for baseball tickets which have been donated by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

For more information, or to register for the class, visit www.AmericanFFC.org.

About American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy

The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) is an Arizona based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating awareness about Cardiomyopathy and support those already afflicted with the disease and their families through education, support groups, and disease management.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011 | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Cardiomyopathy in the News, Press Releases

Since his resignation as chairman of the Legislative District 20 Republicans, Ahwatukee Foothills resident Anthony Miller has focused his time on tackling an issue that has affected him personally.

In 2009, Miller and his wife, Stephanie, created the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness and providing resources for those affected by cardiomyopathy. One arm of the foundation is to encourage people to be proactive in determining whether or not they have any type of heart disease.

"A heart screen is the first line of defense," Miller, 43, said. "We have developed a network for providing information to everyone that is interested. It is only going to grow."

Read the rest at Ahwatukee.com
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | AZ Central | Cardiomyopathy in the News, Press Releases

Miller is now channeling the passion and drive he once gave to politics into an organization he has created to bring about awareness of cardiomyopathy, a rare form of heart disease he was diagnosed with at age 35.

Miller's American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy has obtained 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service, recruited Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal and medical experts to its executive board and has launched a fundraising effort involving used cellphones. By the end of next summer, Miller hopes the group will have enough money to purchase portable automated electronic defibrillators for churches and schools that can't afford them, train hundreds of people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and start screening student athletes for the disease with echocardiograms.

Read the entire profile at AZCentral.com

Monday, March 14, 2011 | AmericanFFC | Press Releases

Phoenix, AZ - Today the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) announces the launch of their 2011 used cell phone drive.

In partnership with Phones4Charity, AmericanFFC is collecting and recycling used cell phones.  Phones4Charity will give American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy a donation for each phone collected during the drive.

None of the phones end up in landfills — they either get recycled or reprogrammed for use by domestic abuse victims as 911 phones. This cell phone drive is a great way to support American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy, and help save lives too.

Cell phones can be dropped off at any of the 15 participating drop-off locations between now and May 31.

Participating Locations

Ahwatukee Country Club
12432 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480- 893-1161
Grace Inn
10831 South 51st Street
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480-850-1604
Ahwatukee Foothills News
10631 S. 51 St., Suite 1
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480-898-7900
Kids Can Doodle
1255 W Elliot Rd
Tempe, AZ 85284
480-785-2600
Avalon Cleaners
4980 W. Ray Road
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-456-4600
Mr. Fade
1330 W. Auto Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85284
Belle Melange Salon
4902 E. Warner Rd. Suite 12
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480-753-4448
National Bank of Arizona
3101 N. Central Avenue, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85012
602-530-5880
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
4929 E. Chandler Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85048
480-753-4485
Rehab Plus
4730 E. Warner Rd, Ste 10
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480-785-5415
Cupz N' Crepes
4232 E. Chandler Blvd, Ste 1
Phoenix, AZ 85048
480-706-1963
The Hub Deli
4025 E. Chandler Blvd, Suite 50
Phoenix, AZ 85048
480-706-0633
Dunkin Donuts
4923 E. Chandler Blvd, Suite 302
Phoenix, AZ 85048
480-705-2376
The Print Shop of Ahwatukee
11022 S. 51st Street, Suite 101B
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480-398-3010
Edward Jones
4902 E Warner Rd Suite 1
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480-753-7664
 

The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) is an Arizona based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating awareness about Cardiomyopathy and support those already afflicted with the disease and their families through education, support groups, and disease management.

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Contact: Jeff Kolb
Phone: 612-327-3326
Email: jeff@AmericanFFC.org

Monday, February 21, 2011 | AmericanFFC | Press Releases

Phoenix, AZ - The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy today launched their new website at www.AmericanFFC.org.

The new website offers many new features including the ability to search for Cardiomyopathy Specialists and an online support group for those affected with Cardiomyopathy.  The site also contains helpful information about Cardiomyopathy, which is a disease of the heart.

The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (AmericanFFC) is an Arizona based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating awareness about Cardiomyopathy and support those already afflicted with the disease and their families through education, support groups, and disease management. .

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Contact: Jeff Kolb
Phone: 612-327-3326
Email: jeff@AmericanFFC.org

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