Monroe volunteer awarded for impactful work

Longtime American Heart Association volunteer and former CT board chair Sarah Yeager of Monroe receives Leadership Legacy Award

MONROE, CT — The American Heart Association (AHA) honored Sarah Yeager of Monroe with the Leadership Legacy Award in Connecticut, a national award recognizing current and alumni volunteers for exceptional service and contributions over a significant period of time.

Yeager began her involvement with the American Heart Association as a member of the Connecticut Board of Directors in 2008. For several years, she served on the executive leadership team of both the Greater New Haven Heart Walk and Greater Hartford Go Red for Women Luncheon. Yeager also served as chair of the Connecticut Board of Directors from 2020-22.

“Sarah has been a committed and passionate volunteer for many years working to promote and elevate awareness around the risk of heart disease in women and congenital heart defects in children,” said Adria Giordano, AHA’s executive director. “As board chair, Sarah advocated and led discussions on important issues which directly made an impact on the heart health of all Connecticut residents.”

“I am honored by this recognition from the American Heart Association,” Yeager said. “I have had the privilege of working with the American Heart Association, the local board of directors and our community at large for many years. We have come together and rallied around one goal: improving the health of our communities. I have hope that we can make a difference through our collective impact and raise awareness about heart disease.”

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in Connecticut. The American Heart Association, with the support of volunteers like Sarah Yeager, focuses on heart disease prevention and the health of Connecticut communities through policy change, elevating care, ensuring healthy environments and improving quality of life.

“Without our volunteers, the work the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association does in our community would not be possible,” said Giordano. “We want to sincerely thank Sarah for her dedication and hard work to make hearts healthier in Connecticut.”

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