The American Heart Association Sweethearts and Mavericks are high school sophomores who actively participate in a program designed to teach them about heart healthy lifestyles and the prevention of heart disease through education and volunteerism. The Tulsa Heart Ball has raised more than $10,000,000 for the important work of the American Heart Association in the last 49 years as we fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
There are 4 reasons why raising money for the American Heart Association is important to me....my grandparents and myself. My maternal grandfather, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother all passed away within 48 hours of having coronary artery bypass surgery. My grandmothers passed before I was born, but my memories of my 'Papa Eric' are some of my favorite memories. He loved playing with me and reading to me, and his laugh always made everyone laugh with him. I miss him and wish he was here....he would be very proud of my participation with the Heart Ball. As for myself, I was diagnosed at age 11 with a heart dysrythmia. I see a pediatric cardiologist every year for an EKG and treadmill test. While my rhythm problem doesn't cause symptoms now, there is a chance it could lead to heart problems in adulthood. This heart problem is a big reason why I want to be a pediatric cardiologist or heart surgeon. I want to help other children who are living with heart problems. Raising money for the heart association will help fund important research that will improve the health of babies, children, and adults. Thank you for contributing to this worthy cause!