Dear Friends of the American Heart Association:
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, countless events are taking place around the Western States Affiliate to mark American Heart Month in February. This issue of the Volunteer Voice focuses on just a few notable events. I am very moved by how hard our volunteers and supporters work every day, year-round, to advance the fight against heart disease and stroke.
American Heart Month is a time to recognize the strides being made to reduce the deadly risks and consequences of cardiovascular disease. It began in 1963 when Congress officially recognized the need to focus national attention on heart health and mandated that the President of the United States issue a proclamation annually designating February as American Heart Month. Since 2004, the Go Red For Women movement has been an important component of American Heart Month festivities, with the first Friday in February celebrated as national Wear Red Day. It has been inspiring to see this campaign evolve over the years to increase public awareness about America’s No. 1 killer.
Beyond the fun events this month, it is a time to reflect on how far we have come and consider the work that still lies ahead. The things we do daily to advance the mission of the American Heart Association affect people who we generally do not know, in ways we generally do not see. We are truly making a difference in people’s lives in ways we don't always fully understand or appreciate.
Thank you for dedication to our organization!
American Heart Association National Board Member
Past Chairman of the Board, Western States Affiliate