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 is a matter very near and dear to my own heart because it has personally and profoundly affected my family. My mother lost her dad when she was 8 years old to a heart attack when he was only 37. Two years later, her father's older brother died from a heart attack at the age of 41, and years later, each of their sons were diagnosed with genetic heart conditions at the same age of their fathers when they passed away. These four special men were impacted at a very young age, and due to that fact, my family heart history is closely watched. My mother, brother and I have mandated cholesterol checks every year and will continue to do so. I am proud to be a part and do my part for the American Heart Association, and I will continue finding ways to champion heart healthy living and fighting heart disease in honor of my family.