2015 Southern New England Heart Ball - An Evening with Alice in Wonderland
We invite you to the Heart Ball at Marble House in Newport as we highlight the American Heart Association’s mission to improve the health of children in Southern New England.
With the support from generous donors and volunteers, the Heart Ball has a tremendous impact on the fight against heart disease and stroke in children in a number of ways!
Funding Lifesaving Research
The American Heart Association funds research related to heart health and heart disease in children, including congenital heart disease. During the past year, the organization spent almost $13.5 million on new research awards broadly related to children’s heart disease in the United States. Much of the funds go to basic biomedical research, and the outcomes of these studies can ultimately be applied to many types of congenital and acquired heart and blood vessel diseases.
Since 1949, American Heart Association has funded more than $3.5 billion nationally --- more than any organization outside the federal government. We have funded 13 Nobel Prize winners and lifesaving advancements such as the first artificial heart valve, cholesterol inhibiting drugs, heart transplant capabilities, and CPR.
Raising Awareness and Funds to Fight Congenital Heart Defects
This year, the Heart Ball will introduce Little Heart Hero, Annika Seed, a young congenital heart disease survivor. She and her parents, Adam and Allison will share their “heart” journey as part of the American Heart Association’s Little Heart Hero campaign; focused on those children who have been affected by congenital heart defects, our nation’s most frequent birth defect.
Advocating for Mandatory Critical Congenital Heart Defect Screening
About 32,000 infants are diagnosed with a congenital heart defect each year and 1.3 million people are currently living with a heart defect in the United States. In addition to providing tools, information and support, the American Heart Association is working to ensure that all newborns are screened for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive pulse oximetry test. Thanks to the outreach and support of our amazing advocates and little heart heroes, all babies born in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will receive this vital screening prior to discharge from the hospital.
Advocating for CPR in Schools
More than 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest do not survive – most die because they do not receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The death rate is staggering and tragic. The American Heart Association believes that today’s students are tomorrow’s lifesavers. That’s why we are leading a nationwide campaign to pass state laws that will require all high school students to receive hands-on CPR training and an overview of automated external defibrillator (AED) use prior to graduation. Rhode Island is proud to be one of the states that has enacted a CPR in Schools Law, creating a new generation of lifesavers in the Ocean State!
Helping Children and Families Understand the Importance of Good Nutrition and Getting Active
About one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese – nearly triple the rate in 1963. Obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. The American Heart Association provides tools and resources to encourage kids and families to eat healthy and engage in physical activity. www.heart.org/healthierkids
Educating the Community that Strokes Can Happen at Any Age
Strokes in infants and children presents unique challenges to parents, caregivers and researchers. Many people don’t know that strokes can happen at any age, even to young people. The effects of stroke in a child are generally the same as in an adult so the American Heart Association is committed to educating the community to know the signs of a stroke and call 911 right away. www.strokeassociation.org/children
For more information please contact Christa Soderstrom at 401.228.2326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
6:00PM – 11:00PM
596 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
Southern New England Heart Ball
June 13, 2015
6:00pm - 11:00pm
596 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Contact: For more information, email email@example.com or call 401.228.2327.