George W. Morris Jr. led an active life as a high school and college athlete, and he continued to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities as an adult. But at age 47, while vacationing with friends, he suffered a severe angina attack. His friends drove him straight to Cleveland Clinic where he had his first bypass surgery. George’s EKG showed he’d already suffered a heart attack 10 years earlier, an event he hadn’t recognized at the time. He took his volunteer leadership seriously and two years ago, he and Theresa made a major contribution to the American Heart Association through a charitable gift annuity. Both George and Theresa say they feel even better today about their decision than they did when they first made it.
“It’s a win for the American Heart Association and the donor,” George says. “Having been in the insurance business most of my life, I believe this type of gift makes a lot of sense. I strongly urge anyone with the financial means to make a similar contribution. Our hope in the near future is to make another planned gift to the American Heart Association. Only through cardiovascular research can we help future generations.” Now retired, George and Theresa are building their dream home on a mountain in western
Despite his many heart episodes, George says there’s always hope. New research in the treatment of congestive heart failure, gene therapy, and new wonder drugs have improved the quality and quantity of life for many people who, like George, suffer from cardiovascular disease.