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!
I am raising money for the American Heart Association to promote awareness, support research and help improve the lives of people affected by heart disease. When my friend Megan was only 2 weeks old, she was diagnosed with a 1st and 2nd degree Atrioventricular Block. Basically this meant that the electrical signal sent from the atria to the ventricles in her heart was delayed or partially blocked, which caused Megan to have an irregular heart beat. Hoping she would outgrow this condition, doctors monitored Megan every couple of years by having her wear a heart monitor for 24 hours at a time. When she was 13, testing showed that her atria no longer communicated with her ventricles at all. Normally a very active runner, Megan started becoming short of breath and feeling very fatigued. At this point she was considered to have a 3rd degree or total heart block and was fitted with a permanent pacemaker. The pacemaker paces her heart 99% of the time and her heart can still beat on it’s own, but not very consistently. As she gets older, Megan’s heart will no longer be able to beat on its own and she will rely on the pacemaker to survive. I want to make a difference in the lives of people like Megan and would love to have your help!