Dear Friend of Heart:
This February marks the start of our 10th year of Go Red For Women. Because of your support, 34% more women are aware that heart disease is the No. 1 killer. Twenty-three percent fewer women are dying of heart disease each year. That means 330 fewer women are dying every day. And we know Go Red women have made healthy behavior changes in all aspects of their lives. We’re publishing more gender-specific results in research, have established differences in symptoms and responses to medications, and created women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment.
The Go Red For Women Wear Red Day site has officially launched and we’d like to ask your help in making America Go Red in February. Sign up on the site to receive a link to a planning guide full of ideas and great downloadable resources. Then send the link to your friends, neighbors, volunteers, pediatrician, teacher, neighborhood association…. anyone with a heart! Ask them to put something in their e-newsletter about the Wear Red Day site, make their office or home Go Red, and post pictures and information on their social media pages. Thank you for your help making this the most successful Wear Red Day to date, and taking us one step closer to bringing further awareness to what is still the No.1 killer of women, heart disease.
Our MAA Board Chair, Dr. Eric Peterson, will be sharing the top ten research advances in 2012 in January’s volunteer letter. In anticipation of that news here’s a summary of our current research funding in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. In total, 216 projects totaling $37,216,251 are being conducted within the MAA. (This includes seventy National Center awards totaling more than $24 million.) But with all of this progress comes the knowledge that we have much work still to be done. In the MAA this year, 61 meritorious proposals totaling $5,854,140 went unfunded because we ran out of money. As we near the end of the year, please encourage the people you know to give a gift that could save a life. Make your tax-deductible gift by Dec. 31 at heart.org/donate.
I’m looking forward to the difference we will make together in 2013.
Best wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season,
Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate