American Heart Association to Celebrate First Hard Hats with Heart Event in Charleston

The American Heart Association is teaming up with Seamon Whiteside to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke in the construction industry. They will be hosting an event called “Hard Hats with Heart,” which is a brand-new construction industry event bringing together general contractors, subcontractors, health care and business executives to shine a light on the prevalence of heart disease in the construction industry and showcase how creating a culture of wellness within our companies can make a big difference. In fact, more than 15,000 individuals in the Lowcountry are employed in the construction sector, and the need is greater [...]

Five HBCUs Advance in the American Heart Association Urban Health Accelerator-HBCU Healthy Communities Challenge

The American Heart Association hosted the first EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health Accelerator-HBCU Leadership Summit on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Leadership and students form HBCUs spent the day engaging in group discussions and learning from esteemed panelists on how to be a force for change on campus and in the community. The event concluded with the evening dinner, held at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture where five schools were announced to move forward to the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator-HBCU Showcase event on April 29. The EmPOWERED to Serve [...]

Wells Fargo Raises Awareness Around Congenital Heart Defects in the Lowcountry

The American Heart Association and Wells Fargo teamed up to raise awareness about congenital heart defects in the lowcountry. Wells Fargo's Dita Brown and Kate Marty Caperton, the chairwomen of the Go Red for Women Campaign in Charleston, led the charge in the AHA's Little Hats Big Hearts program. This program dons newborns with knitted red caps and raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. Wells Fargo is the first company to sponsor Little Hats Big Hearts in South Carolina so they are making history, one red hat at [...]

Charleston American Heart Association Office Announces New Executive Director

The American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to announce that Katie Schumacher will be the Charleston office’s Executive Director. Schumacher will focus on overseeing and managing AHA fundraisers, working with our board and Executive Leadership teams, and actively engaging with community members to reduce health disparities in the Charleston tri-county area. “I’m so excited to be part of this amazing organization as we work to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. I understand that not only the incredible impact the Association has on this community, but also the outstanding support this community provides to its [...]

Southern Coast Heart Ball Reaches New Heights

Kayla, Lilly and Cat The 22nd annual Southern Coast Heart Ball raised a record-breaking $290,000 at the Westin Resort in Hilton Head, making the community one step closer to fighting heart disease and stroke. This year’s theme was “The heart of it all,” which honored our local heroes from our first responders and survivors to caretakers and volunteers. Our Southern Coast Heart Ball Chair Catherine Donaldson is also familiar with losing a loved one to heart disease. Her husband was in the Marine Corps and also lost his battle with heart disease two years ago. Catherine is dedicated [...]

Upstate Women Take a Stand

On Friday, February 1, 2019, the American Heart Association will celebrate National Wear Red Day in recognition of the fight against cardiovascular diseases. It may seem simple. It’s as easy as grabbing the red shirt or skirt out of your closet instead of the black one. However, the impact this day has is huge. By wearing red, you are showing dedication and persistence to a great cause. This year, the American Heart Association has selected eight local women to serve as ambassadors for the 2019 Upstate Go Red For Women campaign.  On Friday, these women will rally within our community [...]

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