Every Fall, 1,200+ horseback riders from across the country take to the beaches of Myrtle Beach, SC for the 5 day, 4 night American Heart Association Beach Ride. Entering it’s 38th year, the event raises over $350,000 per year for the AHA.
Patron Circle member of the Cor Vitae Society and rider, Paul Riefenberg is dedicated to the cause due to a long history with heart disease through family and friends. Paul and his wife, Terrie, travel down each year from North Carolina.
“You don’t have to look far to find a family member, friend or business associate that has or is dealing with heart health issues. Everything from bypass surgery, stents to heart attacks when you least expect them. My dad has two stents and is still with us at 86 years old,” said Paul Riefenberg. “My Dad was member of our Saddle Club and his father also suffer from heart disease. After a close friend and business companion died from a heart attack on his 50th birthday, and my sister in law’s husband died from a heart attack at age 40, it made an impact and statement on taking responsibility for my and Terrie’s health. Our support of the AHA is geared to help others get education, support, research and care for heart disease. We are proud to support AHA and truly enjoy meeting and engaging with those who have survived a heart related issue as they are the true warriors. Their stories and messages help continue to raise the necessary funds to help AHA. Thank you for allowing us to make a small contribution to a huge battle. The fact we get to attend an event such as the AHA Beach Ride is just the cherry on the top!”
An exceptional community of individuals, Cor Vitae Society members are united by a determination to ease the burden of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our goal is to provide meaningful experiences to recognize and engage such distinguished and generous support. Get involved today! http://www.heart.org/en/get-involved/ways-to-give/cor-vitae-society
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.