Heart Disease is responsible for the most deaths world wide- EACH YEAR. As an athlete, cardiovascular health has been emphasized since I was little. A healthy heart was something I didn't understand how lucky I was to have, until I met a friend of mine at church. She has had an impaired heart since birth, limiting her ability to participate in daily activities that I have taken for granted. She has been in and out of hospitals and has to check her heart rate constantly. Those of us who haven't experienced what impaired cardiovascular health is like- We need to do our best to educate ourselves in how we can prevent our own. I am hoping you will donate to the great cause of the American Heart Association, to help further research, find cure and help give not only my friend but many others a chance in leading a normal life with cardiovascular disease.