Minimum Fundraising Goal Reduced
March 24, 2017
Life is why the American Heart Association exists.
For the littlest baby and the oldest grandparent, you can change and even save their life. With your donations, as a Run With Heart team member, you are why families will stay together after heart disease threatens to tear them apart.
Who We Are
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.
What We Do
To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We’re the nation’s leader in CPR education training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. We educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities. Our volunteer experts select scientific research most worthy of funding – with great results. The association has funded more than $3.8 billion in heart disease and stroke research, more than any organization outside the federal government.
Why We’re Needed
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the world. Stroke ranks second globally and is a leading cause of severe disability. Too many families are losing loved ones of all ages. Each year, these diseases kill more than 786,000 Americans, which is larger than the population of several states (Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming). Some form of cardiovascular disease affects more than one in every three adult Americans. Many suffer terribly from disabilities caused by these diseases. The American Heart Association wants everyone to understand the threat – and to know that cardiovascular diseases and stroke are largely preventable. Risks can be lowered by adhering to what we call Life’s Simple 7: not smoking, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, controlling blood pressure, controlling cholesterol and controlling blood sugar.
Our 2020 Goal
We are working toward improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, all by the year 2020.
Run With Heart
We're excited to share that Run with Heart Marathon team has a goal of raising $35,000 for the American Heart Association, funds that will impact our programs right here in Minnesota. Runners that sign up to Run with Heart personally commit to raise $500 and participate in events throughout the year.
How to Get Started
Simply register online, and set up your Crowdwise fundraising page, once you have reached $250 in fundraising by April 14th, 2017 you will recieve your race entry code. Please note that when you register for the race, you will be asked for your credit card information, but your card will only be charged if you don't reach the fundraising minimum by June 3rd, 2017.
Questions? Please Contact Alicia Gordon at Alicia.Gordon@heart.org