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!
Heart disease has personally touched my family. I lost two grandfathers to heart disease the last two years - my mom's Dad Charley and her Stepdad Dale.
In May, one of my mother's dearest friends awoke in the middle of the night with a racing heart rate - above 250 bpm. Her husband rushed her to the ER and they learned she had an electrical malfunction. This is an incredibly healthy, fit woman who runs marathons, works out, skis and hikes mountains. She had three surgeries in five days and will have a pacemaker the rest of her life.
And earlier this year, two of my parents' friends learned their infant son needed heart surgery. He just celebrated his first birthday and is quite the heart warrior.
I know that heart disease touches all ages and I want to help. I am honored to be a Sweetheart in the 2018-19 Heart Ball
You can help by making a contribution to my campaign.