A major thing I’m working on at work now is helping my manager with our company’s partnership with the American Heart Association. This year we’re returning again at the local presenting sponsor of the Bay Area Start! Heart Walk, taking place on September 17, 2010 in Justin Herman Plaza. Over 200 companies are participating in the challenge, and working for the #1 fundraising company last year, I wanted to make a personal impact in the effort.
Today, one in three Americans will have some form of cardiovascular disease in their lifetime. It’s the cause of 41% of American deaths, more than the other top six causes of death combined. Coming from a family heavily impacted by stroke and heart disease, this is a cause I’m passionate about.
Please consider donating to help fund the American Heart Association’s efforts. Between 30-40% of each donation goes into public health and education efforts, while about 20-25% of your donation will go to research. Since I’m participating in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can be confident a portion of these funds will go to PhD students and scientists at UCSF – since the donations collected in this region are circulated back into the area, UCSF being one of the many high-caliber medical research facilities in San Francisco.
All donations through my link will be matched by my company, so your contribution can really go far. Using the widget below, the minimum contribution is $25.00 due to credit card processing fees, but I will also be accepting cash and check donations in person up until the walk in September.
Thanks for reading because even if you’re unable to donate, spreading awareness is satisfying enough.