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The AHA has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites our more than 33 million volunteers and supporters as well as our more than 3,400 employees.

Our Lifesaving History

Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were thought to be doomed to complete bed rest — or destined to imminent death. But a handful of pioneering physicians and social workers believed it didn’t have to be that way. They conducted studies to learn more about heart disease, America’s No. 1 killer. Then, on June 10, 1924, they met in Chicago to form the American Heart Association — believing that scientific research could lead the way to better treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure. The early American Heart Association enlisted help from hundreds, then thousands, of physicians and scientists. In 1948, the association reorganized, transforming from a professional scientific society to a nationwide voluntary health organization composed of science and lay volunteers and supported by professional staff. Since then, the AHA has grown rapidly in size and influence — nationally and internationally — into an organization of more than 33 million volunteers and supporters dedicated to improving heart health and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

How to Get Involved

Each year, tens of thousands of women come together at one of over 180 Go Red for Women luncheons in communities across the country, united by a common purpose to end heart disease and stroke in women.

Luncheons are a great way to get involved with the American Heart Association in your local community and truly make an impact. This annual signature event provides a platform for survivors to share their stories, for women to advocate on behalf of themselves and for others and create a local network of women who know they are not alone when it comes to heart disease and stroke.

Did you know that cardiovascular disease occurs every 40 seconds and is the No. 1 killer of all Americans? Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. When you join Heart Walk, you join more than a million people in 300+ cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease and helping save lives!

Find your local Heart Walk and join your company team, start a team of your own, or join as an individual – whatever you choose, you can make a difference in people’s lives including your own!

For 60 years, the Phoenix Heart Ball has helped to advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association, a mission that has impacted the lives of countless men, women and children in our area. Contributions received go far in supporting cardiovascular research, professional and community education, and advocacy efforts.

The Heart Ball celebrates our work, our donors and the lives saved, because of support from friends like you. We look forward to celebrating with you at the 60th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball.

The Heart Ball celebrates the American Heart Association’s work, donors and the lives saved, because of support from friends like you. The Heart Ball Campaign will continue to be a major driving force behind eradicating heart disease and stroke.