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Ice Cream Bread and Advocacy

by Amy Basken on Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013

Last night I bought into the latest social media sensation—ice cream bread.

It is so easy, it’s ridiculous. One cup ice cream and ¾ cup self-rising flour. Well, navigating the grocery store to find the self-rising flour was not so easy. But mixing the two together, plopping it in a mini bread pan and baking? Piece of cake—or bread.

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Addicted to Advocacy

by Amy Basken on Friday, May 24, 2013

When I started in advocacy, it was shortly after Nicholas was born with a severe heart defect. I had felt blindsided by our experience and wanted to make a difference. Then I was invited to Washington, D.C., to tell my story.

What an addicting experience.

To think that I was in the nation’s Capitol—talking to someone who can change things, make them better. To think that my story could help.

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Funding Research: Chocolate or CHD?

by Amy Basken on Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011

I love chocolate. Dove Dark Chocolate Promises. Well, and M&M’s, too. This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me.

Any woman I know would agree that chocolate is wonderful—it reduces stress, renews energy, and may even be an aphrodisiac. Many women will also agree that chocolate may save lives—particularly those of our spouses. Thus, in our house, the tradition of chocolate for Valentine’s Day has morphed to the giving of a bag of Dove Chocolate once every 28 days.

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Congenital Heart Disease or Congenital Heart Defects?

by Amy Basken on Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011

I love working with ACHA as they advocate to change the landscape for those living with congenital heart defects—or is it congenital heart disease? Ugh. A few months ago, I spent an entire day asking countless patients, parents and professionals about whether I should refer to CHD as congenital heart disease or congenital heart defects in our advocacy documents. I hadn't thought about what a difference a word could make.

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