CHR's charity for the month of February is The American Heart Association, the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Before the American Heart Association existed, the best case scenario for those diagnosed with heart disease was bed rest, but a certain group of physicians and social workers believed it didn't have to be that way. In 1924, they helped fund studies on heart disease that would eventually become the association. Today. the AMA provides funds for innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides tools and information to save lives.
One major misconception about heart disease is that it effects only men. In truth, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. With this fact in mind, CHR has participated in The American Heart Association's GO RED for Women day for the past four years.
You can learn more about The American Heart Association on heart.org. Remember to show your support on Friday, February 7th and wear red to join in the fight.