Each year high school sophomores from the Tulsa area come alongside the American Heart Association through our Heart Ball program. These students learn how to be champions for heart health. Through CPR and healthy cooking classes they learn how to save lives and improve health. They also give back to our community through fundraising and community service projects. The Tulsa Heart Ball gala is the celebration of their work. It is a Tulsa tradition celebrating its 48th year with our event on February 9, 2019.
Since 1949, the American Heart Association has funded more than $3.4 billion in research to fight heart disease and stroke - more than any U.S. organization outside the government. We're a trusted leader in the worlds of science and medicine, funding the work of 13 Nobel Prize winners during their careers. The research we've supported has led to breakthroughs that have saved countless lives including the first artificial heart valve, the implanted pacemaker and CPR techniques and guidelines. Since 1951, the AHA has funded more than $31 million of research in Oklahoma.
Every donation is meaningful and brings us closer to our mission of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Please consider helping today!
My grandfather is why I care about heart health. About two years ago my grandfather had a quadruple bypass heart operation, where he had his aortic valve replaced. His problem was discovered after telling his doctor that he had been short of breath. After some testing, he was immediately taken to the hospital for an echocardiogram. If this issue was detected later, it would have developed into something far worse. Thanks to great doctors and surgeons, my grandpa is feeling better than ever today. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same outcome with heart disease. The American Heart Association is working to fix this major issue, and all donations help this cause.