Posted by Carl Gerhardt on Apr 10, 2018
On 4/10/2018, Kelsey Casey, Senior Director with the American Heart Association spoke to the Magnolia Rotary Club membership about what the American Heart Association is and does in our community. Kelsey spoke to everyone via the "Zoom" Video Conferencing Software. Pictured above is Kelsey Casey.
Kelsey explained that Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer.  Nearly 28 percent of Houston area deaths each year are attributed to cardiovascular disease. Since 1924, they have been working to keep us, our loved ones and our community safe from heart disease and stroke. Kelsey also explained that for a long time everyone thought that heart disease was a man's disease but recent data now shows that heart disease is also the number one killer of women. Therefore, it is important for both men and women to be aware of heart disease and how to change their life style and eating habits to help prevent the possible problems associated with heart disease.
Kelsey explained that the American Heart Association holds a number of fundraisers during the year including the Houston Heart Walk, the Houston Heart Ball, the Go Red For Women Event, and the Go Green for Red Golf Tournament. These events and others raised over $12 Million last year and the American Heart Association gave out $14 Million in grants. Kelsey also stated that all monies raised fund 80% of all grants given out. 20% of the funds raised are used for administrative purposes.
Kelsey stated that the American Heart Association is building healthier lives where we live and work and making our community healthier by advocating for key health issues. They train millions of Americans each year in CPR and first aid, and educate healthcare providers every day.  Kelsey stated that they are always in need of volunteers and to please go to the following URL if anyone is interested in volunteering:
To learn more about the American Heart Association go to the following URL: