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.
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My name is Haley Baber and I’m here to support The American Heart Association for all kinds of reasons, but this is my story:
When I was 4 years old I went in for a normal checkup. As I’m told (from my mom) they said, I had a heart murmur. They told her not to worry because it was normal. I remember having a few chest pains when I started school at pre-school 4’s at Holland Hall. My Mom didn’t take it lightly. She immediately made an appointment with Dr. William Jackson who became and still is my Pediatric Cardiologist. After seeing him and all the testing (probably 3-4hrs.) he diagnosed me with Atrial Septal Defect ((ASD). Every year (2 now) I have to go back and...it still gives me anxiety. When I was younger I was able to have my Mom put in a 35 minute Strawberry Shortcake DVD to try and ignore everything that was going on. Not now...
When I was 8 they diagnosed me with Mitral Valve Prolapse with Regurgitation on top of my other “condition!” I’m 16 now and Dr. Jackson has always said to me...”Don’t Worry! You have a normal functioning heart! That’s why you come to me! Have Fun! Play sports! Don’t ever think something is wrong with you!” And, HE gave me so much advice when I was leaving for China this last March! His nurse Alisha (hope I spelled correctly) is the best also!!! So, Thank You Dr. Jackson for making me feel normal, Alisha for always being so cool, and Thank You Everyone for listening to my story! Thanks and Much Appreciated!❤️😘