2013 Upstate Heart Ball Chairman
Every day, one in three Americans is affected by heart disease. This is the bad news. Now the good news; due in part to the many educational and research efforts of the American Heart Association, mortality rates for heart disease have declined by 30% in the last decade. Studies show, however, we still have a lot of work to do. Heart disease and stroke remain the leading cause of death in the US.
This is why chairing the 2013 Upstate Heart Ball is both an honor and great responsibility. The focus of this year's gala is to ignite and inspire everyone in our community to build healthier lives. I have challenged my colleagues and Upstate businesses to join us in moving forward the mission of the American Heart Association to eradicate cardiovascular disease. By supporting the AHA, you are helping to fund life-saving research, education and advocacy. By committing to a healthier life, you are a role model to others. For all of these efforts, I thank you.
A Message from Our CEO
Together we are changing the way the world thinks about health and life. We’re transforming attitudes and behaviors, so people everywhere can experience the best possible health–today and for the rest of their lives … from generation to generation. Through research, education and advocacy, we are making an extraordinary impact … changing and saving lives — reducing disease, disability and death. The work that we’re doing … that all of YOU are doing … is leading to real, lasting change.
While there is much work ahead, we are in this together — for the lives of those we love. Thank you again for your generous support and unwavering commitment to our mission. You are making an impact on your community, on our nation and on the world.
Chief Executive Officer
American Heart Association