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Mark Olson (left), Vicki Rivkin, Robert Rivkin, Dr. John Wheeler and AmandaJean Beaulieu from Minnesota joined more than 300 American Heart Association volunteers in Washington, D.C., April 9 to lobby against cuts to the National Institute of Health and heart-health programs.

Heart healthy smart at any age

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Former Red Wing resident AmandaJean Beaulieu got involved with the American Heart Association after her father developed a heart condition while she was in college.

But she never thought she would be a patient of one of the very diseases she learned so much about.

While driving to work in October 2009, Beaulieu -- just five days from her 27th birthday -- started to feel a pain in her chest.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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