I’ve supported the American Heart Association for over twenty years, as a volunteer and by contributing to the cause. My volunteer experience began as a college student attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I began at the back of the house at the annual Heart Ball, adding up winning bids at the end of the silent auction (I’m pretty impressive with an adding machine, if I do say so myself) and then serving as a cashier at the end of the night. I later moved to the silent auction floor urging people to try out the dime-a-thon event. My support of the American Heart Association has never wavered because their mission is so important… “To build healthy lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”
A friend of mine passed away in his early 40s from a heart attack and another suffered a stroke at an early age. Someone very close to me had a trio of risk factors by the time he was 40; high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Heart disease has touched all our families and loved ones in some way; it is the number one killer in the State of Hawaii.
The American Heart Association funds research, builds awareness and provides valuable education on prevention and the warning signs. I recommend that everyone visit their website and attend the local events in your community to learn more.
On March 24th I will join my community and co-workers in the annual Maui Heart Walk, a 5K walk to show our support for the American Heart Association. If you’d like to join us or find out more about this event, you can register online. If you’d like to help me meet my pledge goal, you can visit my participant heart walk page and donate online (every little bit helps!).
In 2011, I wrote a post about what I learned at the Association’s Go Red event and how much the event inspired me to make much needed changes to lead a heart healthier lifestyle. I also linked up two videos…funny and entertaining but both with an important message. The first demonstrates the warning signs for women and the second highlights the quick and effective hands only cpr method, I urge everyone to watch these videos…just click here.
Photo courtesy of Vicki Shortell and Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar.
Proud sponsors of this year’s Maui Heart Walk include Maui Electric Company, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, Mina Pharmacy, Dorvin D. Leis, Co., Inc., Wailea Community Association, Kilakila Employer Services and Maui Oil. National sponsors include Subway and Kaiser Permanente.